The Annual NLN Awards recognize and honor individuals of stature and distinction for their outstanding contributions to nursing education and the broader space of American health care


Individuals selected for these awards exemplify the NLN's Core Values

The NLN Mary Adelaide Nutting Award for Outstanding Teaching or Leadership in Nursing Education recognizes an individual who:

  • Demonstrates outstanding teaching
  • Contributes as a leader in nursing education
  • Encourages creative interactions with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Mentors and serves as role model for junior faculty.
  • Publishes scholarly works that advance nursing education knowledge or provides support for educational levels where they are engaged



The NLN Isabel Hampton Robb Award for Outstanding Leadership in Clinical Practice recognizes the outstanding contributions of an individual who:

  • Inspires passion for clinical nursing
  • Promotes evidence-based practice by building practice-education partnerships
  • Encourages clinical expertise and inter-professional practice
  • Challenges students to expand their clinical knowledge base in innovative ways
  • Conducts scholarly research to assess learning outcomes that improve patient care
  • Fosters development of clinical reasoning in the culture of patient care



The NLN Lillian Wald Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual who improves the lives of those in need through selfless, courageous, creative, and compassionate acts, and who:

  • Meets the ethical responsibilities of the nursing profession in keeping with the NLN core values of caring, integrity, diversity and inclusion, and excellence
  • Enhances the lives of people through unselfish dedication to humanity
  • Cares for others above and beyond their roles regardless of personal risk or compensation
  • Embodies common moral decencies such as altruism, integrity, freedom, justice, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility, and compassion
  • Respects and embraces human diversity

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Deadline: May 3, 2023