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