ARN Member Awards

ARN offers members an opportunity to acknowledge peers and colleagues for their exemplary work and service. Exceptional rehabilitation nurses deserve recognition for their contributions to rehabilitation nursing. Supervisors, colleagues, or family members can submit nominations – and ARN members can nominate themselves!

Award winners are recognized at the ARN conference each year. Please email the completed application no later than September 30, 2021, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The application must be submitted by email in Word format.

Direct Patient Care Nurse Award Application

This award recognizes outstanding practice by a rehabilitation nurse in a direct patient care role.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award recognizes an individual that has made extraordinary efforts and/or contribution in the areas of access, diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice through their professional and/or volunteer accomplishments. This award will also recognize an individual that demonstrates a commitment to the Association’s mission, vision, and values to include the Diversity Equity and Inclusion position statement.

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Leadership Award Application

The Leadership Award recognizes a rehabilitation nurse who has demonstrated superior leadership skills when faced with a specific challenge within their setting (unit, facility, hospital, or organization/system). Through their efforts, they will have advanced rehabilitation nursing practice; or made positive changes that benefit patients, rehabilitation nurses, or allied professions. Many individuals may be involved with addressing a specific situation, but the nominee should have taken a primary role in addressing the challenge and driving the outcome.

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Nurse Educator Award

This award recognizes a nurse who has contributed to the advancement of rehabilitation nursing care through an academic or educational role. Candidates who demonstrate leadership ability and effectiveness in the educational development and mentoring of rehabilitation nurses or students and support the advancement of rehabilitation nurses through continuing or formal education would be appropriate nominees for this award.

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Patient Advocacy Award

The Patient Advocacy Award recognizes a rehabilitation nurse who has demonstrated leadership and collaboration while advocating for outstanding patient care. Areas for advocacy may include:

  • improving patient resources
  • increasing access to care
  • providing education to elected officials or community members (e.g. helping elected officials understand how an issue impacts rehabilitation nursing patients and providers; or acting as a resource to community members to help navigate the healthcare system)

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