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Nurses to Be Honored at Gala in November


Anchorage, AK, Aug 14, 2018 —The deadline for nominations for the March of Dimes 2018 Alaska Nurse of the Year Awards, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Providence has been extended until September 3. March of Dimes is honoring Alaskan nurses who exemplify an extraordinary level of patient care, compassion and customer service this November.

Exceptional nurses employed in the state of Alaska are eligible. There are eighteen categories that nurses can be nominated for: advanced practice, behavioral health, case management & managed care, charge nurse, critical care, education, emergency care, general medical/surgical, hospice, home health & palliative care, infection control & occupational health, long term acute care/long term/rehab, nursing administration, pediatric, public health & ambulatory care, quality & risk management, rising star, surgical services, and women's health. A selection committee comprised of Alaskan health care professionals will review the confidential applications and announce the award finalists this fall. Then, after a blinded review process, eighteen nurses will be honored at an awards gala on Saturday, November 3 at the Hilton Anchorage.

Whether serving as health care provider, educator, researcher, volunteer and/or advisor – nurses play a critical role in advancing the March of Dimes’ mission to fight for the health of every mom and baby. The Nurse of the Year initiative supports this mission while recognizing exceptional nurses throughout Alaska and celebrating the profession.

“We are pleased to be able to extend the deadline so more people can nominate and honor exceptional nurses,” says Matt Hirschfield, March of Dimes Alaska Nurse of the Year Chair.  “The Nurse of the Year event is an opportunity for March of Dimes, and the community, to publicly say “thank you” to the wonderful caregivers who make such a difference in our lives.”

Nomination forms are available online. New this year, there is no fee to nominate a nurse. Nominations will close on September 3, 2018. More information is available at:  nurseoftheyear.org/alaska.


March of Dimes gives 4 million babies born each year the best possible start. Nearly half a million of them are born prematurely or with birth defects. Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributors to infant death in the U.S. and pregnancy-related death has more than doubled over the past 25 years. From advocacy to education to research, we’re working to level the playing field so that all moms and babies are healthy.


The presenting sponsor of the 2018 Alaska Nurse of the Year Awards is The Children’s Hospital at Providence. Gold Sponsors: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation. Media Sponsor: KTVA Alaska.


March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family. Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.



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