Nevada Nurses Foundation

Developing Quality Health Care for Nevada Citizens by Promoting The Development of Professional Nursing


Nurses Events & Recognitions

The Foundation recognizes quality nursing and outstanding nurses in a number of ways, including competitive awards and public recognition programs. Below are some of our current awards, but these may change during the year, so you are encouraged to visit this page regularly to see what new awards and programs we are offering. Don't forget to visit our Nurses Scholarships page as well.

Awards & Fund Raising Events

  • Shining Stars of Nursing Awards Gala (formerly administered by the Foundation as Future of Nursing in Nevada, or FONN) is an annual event held at different locations throughout the state. This year's awards dinner will take place Saturday, October 12, 2024, in the Nugget Hotel Casino in Sparks, NV. Click here for details!
  • Big Hat High Tea, a fun social event with silent auction items and raffle prizes; this year's event took place Saturday, April 20, 2024. Refer to the event flier for much more information.
  • Nurses Have Talent, an event featuring professional entertainment and amateur competition; this took place November 30, 2017.


  • Distinguished Nurse Leader with Lifetime Achievement Award
  • People's Choice
    Chief Nursing Officer, Director of Nursing, Dean/Director, & CEO
    (CNO, DON, Dean/Director, & CEO)
  • 2016 "40 Under 40" Awards
  • 2017 "50 Under 50" Awards
  • "50 Under 50" Awards


  • Professional Progression Awards
  • Nurses on Boards
  • Student Nurse Leader – an outstanding student is selected by each nursing school
  • recognize individual nurses with our Honor a Nurse program.