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Salute the Real Heroes: San Diego's Nursing Professionals

San Diego Magazine launches a nomination-based, community-wide award celebration that honors nursing professionals


San Diego Magazine is excited to launch Hearts of Nursing, a nomination-based, community-wide award celebration that honors nursing professionals for their compassion, sacrifice, fortitude, positive demeanor and unwavering dedication to human life, which coincides perfectly with recent announcement by the World Health Organization that 2020 will be the “Year of the Nurse.”


Nomination period: January 6, 2020 through February 14, 2020

Finalists announced: San Diego Magazine May issue, April 23, 2020


Meet our esteemed panel of judges from the academia and nonprofit communities:

Sean Mahoney, CEO, American Red Cross
Jane M. Georges, PhD. RN, Dean USD
Philip Greiner, DNSc, RN, School of Nursing, Director, SDSU
Barbara Taylor, Ph.D., Rn, Dean, PLNU

To ensure impartiality, the judges will not be provided the name of nominees or their hospital affiliation.


Submit your nomination in one category:

Rising Star
Lifetime Achievement
Direct Care
Nurse of the Year


Eligible candidates need to be a registered nurse in good standing and affiliated with one of the following health systems: Kaiser Permanente, Scripps Health, Sharp HealthCare, Palomar Health or Rady Children’s Hospital.

Finalists, family members, friends, and colleagues are invited to the Hearts of Nursing awards in May. Enjoy live entertainment, bites and sips while networking with the best and brightest in the nursing community, from educators and direct care practitioners to leaders in the field.

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Submissions must be submitted from January 6 through February 14, 2020.


Nominee Information

Nominee Category*:

Please give us specific examples of how the nominee impacts the organization’s standards or policies and/or impacts the nursing professional and community (max: 250 words)

Tell us about a specific instance when the nominee went above and beyond while caring for a patient and/or the basic requirements of the role. (max: 250 words)

Share any other examples that demonstrate why this nominee should be honored with this award (max: 250 words)

Nominator Information

Your Name (First, Middle, Last, Suffix)*:


  • Upload nominee's resume or CV here (optional)
  • Include photo of nominee

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