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IONL Awards Program

2017 Awards Program

The new IONL Awards Program will recognize outstanding nurse leaders for their contributions to the nursing community. As IONL celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year, the organization is pleased to recognize four award winners this year at the IONL Annual Conference on September 21 at the Sheraton Lisle Hotel in Lisle, Illinois.

Awards & Criteria

Community Effort Award
For this award, the individual should demonstrate effort and service by impacting their facility, community, or nursing profession whether it is through involvement in organizations (such as IONL) or through a project/innovative idea that has created or continues to have a lasting impact on the nursing world. 

Emerging Leader Award
For this award, the individual should be new to the leadership experience, and has taken it upon themselves to embrace their time as a new leader. The individual should be seeking new opportunities to help improve their skills, and is continuously working to better themselves.

Most Valuable Member Award
For this award, the individual should be recognized for something they have done that has positively impacted the nursing world. For this award, please describe an example (or examples) of how this person makes an impact, and what makes them a valuable member of IONL.

Mentorship Award
For this award, the individual is seen as someone who champions a positive culture, builds trust and inspires others to always do their absolute best through the practices of advising, coaching, and communication and is willing to provide feedback to allow others to perform at their best. 


Must be a member of IONL in good standing and a practicing nurse (LPN, RN, APN) in the state of Illinois. 

To Nominate

Complete the online nomination form by August 1, 2017 EOB. You may nominate another individual or self-nominate. The nominator may select more than one award category for consideration and there is no limit to the number of nominations one can submit.

Selection Process

The organizers of the Awards Program from the IONL Member Engagement Committee will select one winner for each award. Winners will be notified by mid-August and awards will be presented at the 40th Anniversary Celebration being held on September 21 at the Sheraton Lisle Hotel in Lisle, Illinois.

For any questions, please contact IONL at (312) 265-3927 or


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