In recognition of the critical importance of gerontological nursing in meeting the health and health care needs of the US population, the American Academy of Nursing, in partnership with the John A. Hartford Foundation, established the American Academy of Nursing & John A. Hartford Foundation Nurse Leader Award in Aging in 2006. The award’s focus on leadership is broadly defined and includes the full spectrum of gerontological nursing including health care, research, education, politics and public service. The award is designed to recognize leadership and significant achievements, contributions, productivity, competence and mentorship in the field of aging.
The IOM Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence program, supported by the Academy, the American Nurses Association (ANA), and the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), provides a year-long leadership opportunity in health policy at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM). Initiated in 1992, this program is designed as an immersion experience to facilitate nurse leaders engaging in a prominent role in health policy development at the national level and their interaction with other health fellows and scholars.
The American Academy of Nursing’s Johnson & Johnson Excellence in Media Award recognizes exemplary journalism that reports on health or health care with accurate and appropriate inclusion of nurses’ contributions or perspectives. Eligible individuals are journalists representing media include newspapers, radio, television, magazines, online sources of public information (including blogs), and other media (including documentary films or entertainment media) that target a public audience. Entries may include investigative reporting stories, breaking news, shorts, single stories, series, documentaries, and other media approaches.