Annual Awards

On an annual basis, the Society provides a mechanism within the membership of The Society of Trauma Nurses to recognize outstanding leaders who have contributed to the field of trauma. Recognition Awards that are awarded annually include:

STN Trauma Leadership Award

Nominations now being accepted for 2018. Due September 15, 2017.

This award is presented annually at the STN Annual Conference to an individual, in the medical or non-medical field, who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in trauma through practice, research, publication, education, patient advocacy, injury prevention, trauma system development or legislative involvements during their career at a local, state or national level.

The recipient of this award is nominated by the membership, selected by the Awards Committee and approved through review and endorsement made by the Board of Directors through a unanimous vote.

Recipient Receives:
In addition to recognition, the recipient will also receive airfare, accommodations and a complimentary registration for STN's Annual Trauma Nursing Conference.

The following are not eligible for nomination:
  • Any current member of the STN Board of Directors.
  • Any individual who has served on the STN Board of Directors within the last year.
  • Any award winner who has been recognized within the last three years.
    • 2017: Pamela Bourg, PhD, RN, TCRN, FAEN
    • 2016: Melissa Harte, MS, RN
    • 2015: Kathleen Martin, MSN, RN
    • 2014: Liz Scanlan-Trump
    • 2013: Lieutenant General Patricia D Horoho, Major General, US Army Surgeon General
    • 2012: Kathryn T Von Rueden, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, FCCM
    • 2011: Karen McQuillan, RN, MS, CCRN, CNRN
    • 2010: Mary Beachley, MS, RN
    • 2009: Heidi Hotz, RN
The awards are presented during STN’s Annual Conference, which will be held March 21-23, 2018 at the Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon. The award winners will receive airfare, hotel and a complimentary registration for the 2018 Annual Conference!


STN Clinical Excellence Award

Nominations now being accepted for 2018. Due September 15, 2017.

This award recognizes an outstanding STN member whose contributions to nursing fulfill the mission, vision and core values of STN. The nominee demonstrates outstanding clinical qualities by:
  • Consistently exhibiting compassion and commitment to advancing trauma nursing
  • Routinely goes above and beyond, demonstrating excellence in their role
  • Functions as an integral and contributing member of the healthcare team
  • Participates in practice standard development and/or decision making processes with in their organization that influence positive outcomes for the trauma patient (ie. Committee membership, development of guideline)
  • Demonstrates breadth of knowledge in clinical nursing practice
  • Participates in mentorship, advocacy, community affairs, public education or volunteers for organizations that affect nursing practice
  • Inspires peers in their practice through demonstrating excellence in nursing practice.
Nominees for this award must be an RN, an STN member for one year by nomination date, have a minimum of 5 years of experience in trauma nursing and provides direct patient care approximately 850 hours a year. To nominate a nurse, submit a letter of nomination with supporting data to address the award criteria. Include a copy of the nominee’s CV. Additional letters of support which describe the nominees contributions are encouraged. Current members of the Board of Directors of STN, Committee Chairs and Awards Committee are not eligible for this award.

Past recipients:
2017: Jonathan Messing, MSN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, TCRN

The awards are presented during STN’s Annual Conference, which will be held March 21-23, 2018 at the Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon. The award winners will receive airfare, hotel and a complimentary registration for the 2018 Annual Conference!


Distinguished Lectureship Award

Nominations now being accepted for 2018. Due September 4, 2017.

Lectureship Purpose:
  • To provide the STN members with a superb oration during the annual conference
  • To honor the invited speaker with an award
Criteria for Lecturers:
  • Excellent public speaking ability
  • In depth/first hand understanding, knowledge and experience in an area(s) related to trauma
  • Supportive of the STN’s Mission and Vision

Annual Conference Abstract Awards

STN provides "Best in Class" recognition for three abstract categories during its Annual Conference in the spring. Abstract parameters and submission guidelines are published on the website in the early fall each year, with winners selected in the following categories:

Sharing Our Best Abstracts in trauma nursing can represent a wide variety of best practices used by trauma nurses to solve a difficult, unique or interesting problems related to trauma care across the continuum from EMS to rehabilitation. The project must have been implemented and the outcomes evaluated.

Research Abstract - Oral and poster presentations may focus on any aspect of trauma nursing research and should reflect original research results.


Previous Award Recipients

In 2006, STN reviewed its awards program and restructured it in order to focus the scope of the program into two key annual awards as noted above. The following award recipient list from 2001-2006 contains some honors that are no longer bestowed by the Society.

 STN 2001-2006 Award Recipient List