Each year, SNOM celebrates the talents of school nurses and other professionals who contribute to school health. Individuals and groups who have made outstanding, timely and enduring contributions to school nursing are eligible for nomination. Recognition is given for excellence in school nursing, administration of school health services or participation in projects supporting the health and education of school children in the State of Minnesota and nationally.
SNOM Annual Award Guidelines
Each year the School Nurse Organization of Minnesota is proud to recognize its outstanding members in the categories below. To nominate a SNOM member simply complete the Nomination Form by April 1.
A candidate application form will be sent to nominees upon receipt of your completed nomination form. Candidate application packets must be submitted by the application due date to be considered.
The Awards Committee assigns judges to review and score the nomination folders. Judges will not score candidates from their own district or in a category for which they made a nomination. Selection of recipient will be announced by the Executive Board to the SNOM Board at the August board meeting. The SNOM President will telephone selected nominee. The President will notify the recipient and all other nominees of the results. The award will be presented at the SNOM Annual Conference.
The decision of the Committee is final and not open to appeal. All ballots will be destroyed upon notification of the selected nominee.
SNOM School Nurse of the Year
This award is to publicly recognize school nurses in Minnesota by annually honoring one school nurse who demonstrated excellence in school nursing practice and leadership in school health. Information packets will be given to the nominee after they have been notified that they have been nominated. Nominees must be current members of SNOM, and of the preceding two years with no membership lapse. The nominee must have completed five years experience in school nursing, and currently practice as a school nurse. More than 60% of the nominee’s time must be spent in direct care. Nominee may not be an elected officer of SNOM at the time of the nomination and may not be a previous recipient of SNOY award. Evidence of excellence in school nursing practice must be based on the National Association for School Nurse’s (NASN’s) Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice (2015).
SNOM School Nurse Administrator of the Year
The intent of this award is to publicly recognize school nurse administrators by annually honoring one administrator who administers and coordinates quality school nursing services and health programs. The nominee must be a member of SNOM for the current and preceding five years without lapse in membership. The nominee must have completed five years experience as a school nurse. The nominee must currently practice as a school nurse administrator and have as their main responsibility the supervision, administration, and coordination of nursing service and health programs. Nominee may not be an elected officer of SNOM at the time of the nomination and may not be a previous recipient of SNAY award. Evidence of excellence in school nursing administration must be based on the National Association for School Nurse’s (NASN’s) Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice (2015).
Retired School Nurse
This award of recognition goes to a current or former SNOM member who has officially retired from a school nurse position and has an ongoing interest in the organization.
SNOM Special Recognition
Special recognition is awarded to individual members or groups, which may include non-members, to recognize outstanding leadership and contributions to programs that positively influence the health of Minnesota school children.
National Association of School Nurses Academy of Fellows
SNOM members who are current NASN Fellows may nominate candidates who are invited to apply for NASN Fellow. An Honor of the highest recognition that members can receive from NASN bestowed on the Association's professional members who have made significant, unique, and extraordinary achievements that have had broad influence in contributing to the advancement of the specialty practice of school nursing and NASN. The SNOM Board of Directors and Executive Committee provide letters of support to SNOM members as they apply to become an NASN Fellow.