Congratulations to all of the 2021 Star Nurses!

Do you know a Star Nurse? Nominations for Star Nurses™ 2022 are now open, and we need your help identifying – and celebrating – the best of the best! Whether it’s someone you know, someone you work with, or a special nurse who’s touched your life or the lives of those around you, nominate a registered nurse today. Show the registered nurse in your life how much they mean to you and the healthcare industry.

Nominations will be open until midnight on January 10, 2022.

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Get Your Nominations In Before January 8, 2021!


As part of the Year of the Nurse global initiative, ANA is working to advance nurses’ vital position in transforming healthcare. In that spirit, The Washington Post and the American Nurses Association (ANA) are proud to partner to present Star Nurses, a new nurse-recognition event that will honor patient, consumer, and peer-nominated RNs — the best of the best — in the DMV area.

Do you know a nurse with star qualities? Here’s your chance to give them the recognition they deserve and to show the DMV area that your nominee is a shining star in nursing.

ANA will evaluate the nominations to select the region’s top six registered nurses. Two winners will be selected from each DMV region: two winners from Maryland, two winners from Washington, DC, and two winners from Virginia.

If you missed the 2021 Star Nurses event, don't worry! You can view a recording here.











The American Nurses Association (“ANA”) and the Washington Post are working in collaboration to proudly present Star Nurses for its second year. Star Nurses recognizes and celebrates registered nurses practicing in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, who are nominated by patients, patient family members, peers, or members of the community for demonstrating nursing excellence. The Star Nurses awards will be presented to two nurses from each state and the District of Columbia

Questions? Please send emails to Download the complete Official Rules

To Be Eligible
Nominee must hold an active nursing license in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia and be a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Void outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited, taxed, or restricted by law. All federal, state, and local rules and regulations apply. Directors, officers, employees (including, without limitation, part-time or temporary employees), and contractors of ANA and the Post and its subsidiaries and their immediate families (i.e., current and ex- spouses, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings, in-laws, and steps in any of the foregoing categories) and other household members (i.e., roommates, housemates, significant others, and partners of each legally residing at the same address) of each are NOT eligible.


Application Submission

  1. Submit an application to nominate a nurse for the award, which can be found at
  2. Indicate that you accept and agree to the ANA Star Nurses Awards Official Rules.
  3. Complete the required fields of the application and the questionnaire, as well as a summary of the nominee’s contributions. Nominations can include supporting documents provided by the nominee or others..
  4. Winners will be notified, and subsequently announced, date and location still to be announced.

ANA will not be responsible for lost, incomplete, misdirected, illegible, late, or malfunctioning entries, or for failed computer transmissions or technical failures.

By submitting the application, you fully and unconditionally agree to and accept these Official Rules and any decisions made by ANA, which shall be final and binding in all matters related to the award. Winning the award is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. No exceptions or substitutes will be made.

Selection Criteria

Provided that applications are complete and submitted in compliance with these Official Rules, each nominee will be evaluated by a panel of judges made up of registered nurses.

Nominees submitted under the Clinical Care Nurse category, will be evaluated on the following factors:

  • Clinical skills
  • Excellence in nursing care
  • Compassion
  • Collaboration with care coordination
  • Relationship with the patient and his or her family/friends
  • Positive community impact
  • Positive impact on the nominator
  • Providing patient safety
  • Providing value to the patient

Nominees submitted under the Administrative/Academic Nurse category will be evaluated on the following factors:

  • Administrative/academic skills
  • Compassion
  • Collaboration with colleagues and peers
  • Contribution to the advancement of the nursing profession
  • Relationships with patients and their families/friends
  • Positive community impact
  • Positive impact on the nominator
  • Advocating on behalf of individuals or communities
  • Providing value to nominator

The decisions of the judges will be final and binding. ANA reserves the right to disqualify any nominee at any time who, in ANA’s opinion, endangers the safety or well-being of any person, or fails to comply with these Official Rules.


Winners will be celebrated at an event hosted by The Washington Post and ANA. The award winners may be interviewed or receive requests to share their story at a concurrent or designated session at an ANA event (to be determined), provided that the winners agree to work with ANA in preparation for sharing their story.


Winners are responsible for their own travel and any related expenses.


  1. ANA, at its sole discretion, has the right to disqualify any nominee for a violation of the Official Rules or an incomplete application.
  2. ANA may prohibit certain nominees from participating if, in its sole discretion, it determines the nominee has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of ANA by cheating, hacking, deception, or any other unfair practice.
  3. ANA has the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any nominee’s attempt to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other nominees or representatives of ANA.
  4. Nominations containing pornographic material or defamatory statements, or that are otherwise deemed offensive by ANA are prohibited and will be disqualified.
  5. Ineligible nominees may be disqualified at any time without notice.

Intellectual Property

The nominator represents and warrants that the submission does not violate any applicable law or any third party’s intellectual property rights.

Publicity and Privacy

  1. By submitting the application, the nominator consents to ANA sharing the information contained in the application with third parties. Such information is collected by ANA for the purpose of registering the nominee, administrating, and promoting the Award, and of communicating about current and future events, and may subsequently be shared with third parties.
  2. By submitting a nomination, nominators expressly consent to receiving electronic messages relating to the awards.


  1. ANA has the right to cancel or suspend the award with or without notice and for any or no reason.
  2. ANA is not responsible for, and nominators hereby waive, any claim for damages, claims, losses, or inconveniences caused by cancellation or suspension of the award.

For information on general terms and conditions, release information, or information regarding disputes, please download the complete Official Rules

Other questions? Please contact us at


Thank you to our 2021 Star Nurses sponsors and partners for bringing Star Nurses to the DMV!
If you would like to be a sponsor for 2022, please contact Robbie Corrigan at

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