• Awards and Recognition

    Cincinnati Children’s recognizes the dedication and hard work displayed by our nursing staff through a variety award and recognition programs. We celebrate their success, marvel at their excellence and appreciate their dedication and commitment to our patients and their families.

  • Cincinnati Children’s CARES Spirit Award recognizes employees who demonstrate our CARES Service Standards (CARES Service Standards .pdf), which are standards for service excellence that are expected from all employees. The CARES Spirit Award can be won by any employee who demonstrates the expected standards for service excellence: 

    • C=Courteous
    • A=Attentive
    • R=Respectful
    • E=Enthusiastic
    • S=Safe

    A month never goes by when at least one of the many CARES Spirit Award nominees is not a nurse. This is a testimony to the Children’s community’s recognition of and appreciation for the caring spirit that is visible in our nurses.

    The DAISY Award is supported by the not-for-profit DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation. Bonnie and J. Mark Barnes created this foundation and award as a way to remember their son, J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick had a disease that attacked his body and required him to be in the hospital for a long time. His nurses did such a great job caring for him, that the Barnes family created an award that continues to recognize nurses throughout the country every day. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was created to:

    • Recognize the skillful and amazingly compassionate care received from nurses
    • Say thank you to nurses around the country
    • Proclaim respect and recognition for the education, training, brainpower and skill nurses put into their work

    The DAISY Foundation and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) have entered into collaboration to ensure The DAISY Award is in every hospital that wants it, deserves it, and is willing to do what it takes to make it meaningful for their nurses. Cincinnati Children’s is pleased to have this award as another way to recognize nurses who go above and beyond to provide extraordinary care.

    Nominate a nurse for the DAISY award using our online form.

    Our Interprofessional Management Council (IMC) launched a new award for excellence in management in July 2012. Its purpose is to recognize excellent management leaders within Patient Services who have made a difference to patients, families, staff and the organization. The eligibility criteria for the award are:

    Nominations should include the following content:

    • Management and/leadership behaviors that exemplify the Cincinnati Children's Core Values and support the mission/vision and strategic plan of Cincinnati Children’s.
    • Involvement in initiatives, projects and/or programs that illustrate the nominee’s management/leadership contributions.
    • Management/leadership practice that has improved or benefited employees, patients and their families 

    University of Cincinnati College of Nursing Nightingale Award

    The University Of Cincinnati College Of Nursing sponsors the Florence Nightingale Award. Each year, the UC College of Nursing’s Board of Advisors are given the task of naming just six individuals out of a pool of hundreds of Greater Cincinnati nurses who best exemplify excellent direct patient care to receive the Nightingale Award. In addition, 10 other nurses are given Dean's Awards. In 2012, 422 nurses were nominated for the prestigious award. Twenty-two of these nominees were Cincinnati Children nurses.

    Each year, Cincinnati Children’s nurses are recognized through celebrations during National Nurse Week. Nurse Week celebrations include our annual excellence in nursing awards ceremony, a special Nurse Week Nursing Grand Rounds, our “Expanding Our Reach” event where all levels of nurses come together to display the work they are doing in our local, national and international communities and our Evidence-Based Practice, Research and Quality Improvement Poster Day.

    Each year, this award is given to an individual and a group who have created exceptional patient education materials during the past 12 months. The winners of the award are announced during our annual staff Health Literacy Fair which is held during national Health Literacy Month.

    The Sporck award finalists.Robison-Sporck Award for Excellence in Nursing

    Barbara Robison-Sporck established the Sporck Award for Nursing Excellence in 1985 in honor of her father, Ellis H. Robison.  This award is presented annually to a nurse who demonstrates positive leadership and outstanding clinical performance. Mrs. Robison-Sporck, a nurse and former head nurse of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital, attends the ceremony each year to pay tribute to the nominees and the winner of the award.

    Safety coaching is all about keeping patients, families, employees and visitors safe. Safety coaches at Cincinnati Children’s include staff from all areas of the medical center who:

    • Spread the reliable use of expected safety behaviors to reduce harm to patients, families, employees and visitors
    • Help teach and support their colleagues in safe practices
    • Encourage open communication about safety at all levels
    • Identify and share safety improvement opportunities and build accountability throughout Cincinnati Children’s

    The Safety Coach of the Month program is in place to recognize the efforts of the individuals doing this work.

    Men make up just 5 to 6 percent of the nurses in the US.Cincinnati Children’s has a steady commitment to supporting gender diversity and inclusion in nursing. As a two time recipient of the “Best Workplace for Men in Nursing” by the American Assembly for Men Nursing (AAMN) in 2007 and 2009, we have continued that commitment. Cincinnati Children’s is presently an AAMN Platinum Sponsor contributing financially at the highest level in addition to contributing many articles in the quarterly AAMN Interaction publication.

    With over 100 male nurses, Cincinnati Children’s began the local Assembly for Men in Nursing chapter in 2007. Please visit us at http://aamn.org/. Bill Lecher, RN, MS, MBA, NE-BC, Senior Clinical Director at Cincinnati Children’s is serving his second two year team as President, AAMN.
  • A male nurse working at a patient's bedside.
  • Nurses working together.