Recognition and Distinguished Service Award

Candidate Submission Criteria

Nominations may be submitted on Form 510 to the NASN vice president.

The proposed candidate must meet one of the listed objectives.

Data substantiating the objectives must accompany the nomination of the candidate.

Example: Descriptions of (1) outstanding services to NASN, special project(s), programs for school nursing/child health, and (2) description of how NASN benefited.

Officers, Board of Directors, members, and NASN members will be asked to submit the names of candidates.

Current Executive Committee members are not eligible to receive an award except for the President's Recognition Award.

Nominations for Recognition and Distinguished Service Awards must be electronically submitted or postmarked by March 1.

Nominations for the Lillian Wald Award must be postmarked by December 15.

Procedures for Selection of Award Recipients

The Executive Committee shall receive nominations (Form 510, 511), judge and select Distinguished Service Awards.

Distinguished Service Award


  1. To recognize organizations or individuals who have continually supported or uniquely contributed to NASN, school nursing or school health services nationally in at least the last five years
  2. To recognize an individual who has given outstanding service to NASN within the last 5 years

Selection Criteria

The individual’s life and contributions to NASN could inspire others to promote the health of school children.

This individual shall also promote the goals and philosophy of NASN.

This individual shall be a member of NASN.

The Distinguished Service and Organization Awards are limited to the selection of one candidate in each category, both individual and organization, to appropriately recognize the exemplary contributions of the award.

Media Journalist Award


  1. To recognize an individual or news service that has supported or uniquely contributed to NASN, school nursing, or school health services through the media in the past year
  2. To recognize writers who effectively give audiences a greater awareness and understanding of the importance and value of school nursing through the media

Selection Criteria

Story content is accurate, relevant, and creative.

Storyline has a positive, major impact on public opinion or policy.

Storyline has made school health issues relevant to new audiences.

Storyline shows careful research and balanced, fair reporting.

Lillian Wald Legislator/Public Policy Award


To recognize a legislator or public policy official who has supported or uniquely contributed to NASN, school nursing, or school health services

Selection Criteria

The individual has effectively advanced legislation or public policy during the past year in areas of importance to school nursing.

The committee may choose more than one recipient for the Recognition Award if it is determined that two or more candidates are of equal merit.

President's Recognition Award

The Executive Committee shall review the President's Recognition Award recipients.


  1. To recognize significant and unique contributions to the NASN goals and the president's initiatives during his/her tenure
  2. To recognize contributions of an NASN member or community nonmember volunteer(s) for service or contributions provided to NASN

Selection Criteria

Current and active involvement with the NASN for at least the past two years.

Current Executive Committee members are eligible to receive the award.

Clear commitment to the mission of the NASN.