National Nursing Awards

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Susan Hassmiller Nursing Award

The American Red Cross Susan Hassmiller Nursing Award, a one-time $5,000 grant, was established in 2007 to enhance Red Cross local service delivery capacity through the increased engagement of nurses in policy, leadership, and service delivery positions. In 2012 the awards judging panel looked for programs or activities that boosted nurse involvement in one or a combination of the Red Cross lines of business, and/or in policy and leadership roles. The winner of the 2013 Susan Hassmiller Nursing Award is the Chesapeake Region.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants may be a Red Cross unit or a group of units.
  • The application must be endorsed by the unit executive. A letter of support from the regional or divisional leader(s) is encouraged.
  • Preference will be given to applicants whose proposed program/activity:

    -Enhances the unit or units’ ability to effectively engage nurses and/or student nurses for disaster preparedness and response, Preparedness and Health and Safety Services Service to the Armed Forces or Biomedical Services

    -Enhances the capacity or reach of an existing program in a significant manner.

    -Is sustainable once the award money has been spent.

    -Can be replicated by other units.

    -Is enhanced through matching dollars and/or in-kind resources.

    -Utilizes community partners/organizations to enhance and expand the reach of the program/activity.

  • Applicants must agree that, if selected, they will submit their program/activity for inclusion in the national headquarters Best Practice database.
  • Recipient(s) must be available to attend the American Red Cross National Awards and Recognition Ceremony held in Washington, D.C.

How to Apply:

Creative proposals developed by a community-wide partnering of public health interests, a group of Red Cross chapters or SAF stations, chapters and Blood Services regions jointly, are desired. Nominations are closed for 2012. Check back for 2013 information.

Ann Magnussen Award

The Ann Magnussen Award is presented annually to a volunteer or employed registered nurse who has made an outstanding contribution to strengthening or improving American Red Cross programs and services. It is the highest honor of individual nursing achievement in the American Red Cross. The winner of the 2012 Ann Magnussen Award is Vivian Littlefield, PhD, RN.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Nominee must be a registered nurse who is currently associated with an American Red Cross unit.
  • Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria:

    -Provides service to others

    -Teaches/Involves others

    -Exhibits compassion, professionalism and a humanitarian spirit

    -Demonstrates specific, outstanding contributions to strengthening or improving Red Cross programs and services

  • The Nomination requires endorsement by a second nominator as well as support from the nominee’s unit executive.

How to Apply

Nominations for the Ann Magnussen Award are made by local Red Cross units. Check back for 2013 information.

Florence Nightingale Medal (International Award)

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) awards the prestigious Florence Nightingale Medal bi-annually to exceptionally qualified nurses and voluntary nursing aides around the world who have distinguished themselves in time of peace or war by:
  • exceptional courage and devotion to the wounded, sick or disabled or to civilian victims of a conflict or disaster,
  • exemplary services or a creative and pioneering spirit in the areas of public health or nursing education

Nominees must be active members or regular helpers of a National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society or of an affiliated medical or nursing institution. The Medal is the highest international distinction a nurse can receive.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. nominees must be active registered nurses or nursing aides who are volunteers or employees of an American Red Cross unit or affiliated/partner agency/organization and are submitted through the national American Red Cross award process.
  • Nominators are asked to give examples of the nominee’s activities that show courage and compassion; describe activities carried out to meet the needs of the injured, sick or otherwise vulnerable; and describe innovative activities that have served to improve the quality of care and/or of staff training.
  • American Red Cross recipients receive their Florence Nightingale Medals at an American Red Cross ceremony.

How to Apply

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) issues a call for Florence Nightingale Medal nominations to all the national societies every other year during the fall of even years (e.g. 2012, 2014) and announces Medal recipients the following spring. A committee of American Red Cross nurses reviews all U. S. nominations and submits nominees who meet the eligibility criteria to the ICRC for consideration.

The 2012 call for nominations has been issued. Use this Nomination Form to designate candidates for the 2013 Florence Nightingale Medal. Nominations are due to the American Red Cross by Friday, February 1, 2013, and must be submitted on the ICRC form. The American Red Cross will forward eligible nominations to the ICRC and the ICRC will announce Medal winners in May, 2013.

Nominations should be emailed to: Please email any questions to