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JMU Nurses Honored at 2013 Nurse of the Year Awards Gala

The Virginia March of Dimes has honored 21 outstanding Virginia nurses at the 2013 Nurse of the Year Awards Gala.

Four of the honorees are part of the Nursing program at James Madison University.

PHOTO: NOTYA Recipients

Sandra Annan
Nursing Education

Julie Strunk

Eric Croucher
Student Nurse

Patra Reed (Incoming DNP Student)
Performance & Risk Management/ Quality Improvement

Through Nurse of the Year Awards, the March of Dimes recognizes nurses who demonstrate exceptional patient care, compassion, and service.  Whether serving as a health care provider, educator, researcher, or chapter volunteer/advisor, these nurses have played a critical role in improving the health of the Commonwealth’s citizens. Nurse of the Year Awards celebrate the nursing profession and creates awareness of the recent strides made in this growing field.

The Gala Chair of this year’s Nurse of the Year event was Toni Rice, Vice President of Women’s and Children’s Services for HCA Capital Division, HCA Virginia.


Virginia Nurse of the Year Awards are given annually in 20 award categories.  More than 5,000 nurses were nominated nationwide, including over 500 in Virginia. Of these 500 nominees, more than 300 submitted thorough applications, listing their educational achievements and career accomplishments. All applications were blinded and then reviewed by a distinguished selection committee comprised of health care professionals and nursing leaders from across the Commonwealth, scoring each applicant according to established awards criteria.

PHOTO: Eric Croucher and Family

Twenty categories of nursing disciplines were filled by 3-5 Top Nurse Finalists, for a total of 96 Nurse Finalists in all. Each nurse finalist received a complimentary seat at the Gala, a certificate of achievement, corsage and “2013 Nurse of the Year Finalist” badge pin.

Award Recipients were announced at an elegant gala held Nov. 9 at the Richmond Omni, each receiving an engraved glass award, along with a bag of special gifts to enjoy.