AWARDs Programs


Excellence Awards

2020 Nominations will open December 2019.

Clinical Practice
This award recognizes a staff nurse who has made a significant contribution to the care of children and their families, such as the development and implementation of a transition care program for cystic fibrosis patients.

Nursing Research
This award recognizes a nurse who has made a significant contribution to the well-being and health care of children and their families through active participation in a program of nursing research, such as developing a research study examining the effectiveness of CHG bathing on central line care in acute care patients.

Education
This award recognizes a nurse who has made a significant contribution to pediatric nursing as an educator, such as the development of a back-to-sleep module for a specific population that provides the opportunity for students to be involved in the development and implementation. Applicants may be in the clinical or academic setting.

Advanced Practice
This award recognizes an advanced practice nurse who has made a significant contribution to the care of children and their families, such as the development of an application or tool to monitor pain. An advanced practice nurse includes Clinical Nurse Specialists and Nurse Practitioners. 

Clinical Scholarship
This award recognizes a hospital, unit, group or agency that has contributed significantly to the well-being and health care of children and their families through the consistent application of scholarship in clinical practice, such as developing a team-based project that can be replicated in other hospitals, units, etc. Examples include bedside change-of-shift report and the establishment of family-centered rounds. 

Nominations Requirements:
  • The nominee must be a member of SPN
  • Two short narratives
  • Nominee's CV/resume
  • Two letters of recommendation 

The SPN Excellence Awards have been used to acknowledge exceptional members of the Society of Pediatric Nurses since 1993. To view a record of previous award winners click here.

Distinguished Service and Humanitarian Awards

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Margaret S. Miles Distinguished Service Award - Awarded in Odd Years

The Margaret S. Miles Distinguished Service Award was named after SPN's first President. It recognizes a member of SPN who has made exceptional contributions to the Society of Pediatric Nurses and to pediatric nursing. This member has demonstrated outstanding leadership, participation, and contributions toward achieving the goals of the Society of Pediatric Nurses.

Learn about previous award winners here.

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Barbara Larson Humanitarian Award - Awarded in Even Years

The Barbara A. Larson Humanitarian Award is named in memory of a long-time SPN member, officer and pediatric nurse who made a significant impact on the health and well-being of children around the world. This award is given to an individual (preferably a pediatric nurse) who exemplifies the ideals, values, and commitment held by Barbara A. Larson to serve children by working to improve their health, well-being, and/or living conditions.

Learn about previous award winners here.