Living Legends Selection Process

The 2021 Living Legends nomination process is now closed.

The Academy recognizes a small group of Fellows as Living Legends in honor of their extraordinary contributions to the nursing profession, sustained over the course of their careers, that continues to have a positive impact.


  1. A Living Legend must be a Fellow in good standing and a member of the Academy for at least 15 years.
  2. They must be sponsored by three (3) Regular or Emeritus Fellows in good standing.
  3. A sponsor may only nominate ONE applicant as a Living Legend per year.
  4. The nominee must consent to be nominated.
  5. Nominations should address the following:
  1. Describe the extraordinary and sustained contribution of the nominee as a role model and contributor to nursing history;
  2. Strongly emphasize the positive and ongoing impact of the nominee's work in influencing nursing and health care.

Nomination and Sponsorship Requirements

  1. The 2021 Nomination Form is due by Monday, May 10, 2021.
  2. Support letters, addressing the criteria for the Living Legend nominee, must be included from each of the three sponsors in good standing. One sponsor must upload and submit the three letters on behalf of all sponsors via the online submission form. Additional letters will NOT be accepted.
  3. A brief biographical statement or condensed CV (not to exceed FIVE pages) of the nominee.
  4. A $425 nomination fee is required. (The Academy can only process the Living Legends Nomination fee payment from one sponsor. An invoice will be emailed to the sponsor indicated in the "Bill to" field on the submission form. Payments by check must be postmarked by May 10, 2021.)

How to Submit a Nomination:

Application and all materials must be submitted online by May 10, 2021.


Email Claire Holland, Member Engagement Coordinator, at


Each nominee will evaluated on the following factors:

  1. Demonstrated extraordinary and sustained contributions to nursing as a role model and contributor to nursing history; and
  2. The positive impact of their previously described work in influencing nursing and health care.

A nominee who is not selected to become a Living Legend may be nominated again in succeeding years.

Important Information for Selected Honorees and Sponsors

  • Selected honorees agree to provide a biographical statement (500 words) and high-resolution electronic photo for inclusion in the Living Legends ceremony and program.
  • Honorees will receive complimentary registration for the annual policy conference at which they are being recognized.
  • Honorees will be introduced at the Living Legends ceremony, tentatively scheduled for October 8, 2021.*
  • Honorees will be presented with a recognition gift from the Academy.
  • Honorees will no longer be required to pay annual dues and receive lifetime benefits of Fellowship. They will be designated as "Living Legend" status.
  • Sponsors of selected honorees agree to participate in the Academy's policy conference and recognition events for the Living Legends, including a pre-recorded interview to highlight the honoree’s accomplishments.

*Policy Conference Format
Based on the guidelines set by the District of Columbia’s Department of Health and CDC, it remains possible that there could be an in-person hybrid model. Depending on the structure of the conference, we will work with honorees and sponsors as quickly as possible to adjust ceremony details. It is anticipated that this decision will be made in June/July 2021.