All-Pro Nursing Award

Celebrating team excellence.

The world is celebrating nurses this year. In honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, the World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization, declared 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. And the ANA Enterprise has declared 2020 the Year of the Nurse. At American Nurse Journal, we recognize the impact nurses have on the health and well-being of their patients because we help them tell their stories in the pages of this journal. Nurses share their expertise in clinical areas ranging from cardiac health and diabetes care to infection control, pressure injury prevention, home health, and so much more. And they offer insights into quality improvement projects, leadership skills, and professional development.

In honor of the Year of the Nurse, this special section of American Nurse Journal celebrates the winners of this year’s All-Pro Nursing Team Awards. We received over 70 entries from around the world this year. We asked applicants to tell us in a written essay, video, or both:

  • How does your team measure the impact on outcomes?
  • What outcomes do your team hope to achieve in your practice of care?
  • What makes your team’s dynamic special?
  • What type of culture does your team cultivate and how does this culture add to your level of care?
  • What skills do you look for when recruiting new team members?
  • What skills do your team aim to foster, and what are the education tactics team leaders use to achieve these goals?

Their essays and videos were detailed, moving, and creative as they described the hard work, clinical skills, and comradery that goes into building and sustaining an all-pro team. The final decision (made by nurses and American Nurse editorial staff) was difficult, but in the end we declared Bon Secours Mercy Health Southside Regional Medical Center nursing department the overall 2020 winner.

Thank you to all of the excellent nursing teams out there. We celebrate your dedication, hard work, clinical expertise, and patient advocacy.

First-Place Winner: Bon Secours Mercy Health Southside Regional Medical Center Nursing Department

Lasting impact, quality outcomes.

This year’s overall winner of the American Nurse Journal All-Pro Nursing Team Award, Bon Secours Mercy Health Southside Regional Medical Center nursing department, caught the judges’ attention because of its focus on and achievement of so many patient safety outcomes. From reduced Clostridium difficile infections and central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLASBIs) to increased hand hygiene compliance, this nursing department clearly is making an impact. The team also caught our attention because they told their story through a video that underlines the team work required to achieve their goals.

To read more about the first-place winner, and see the other 2020 winners, click here

View 2019’s winners here.