Nevada Nurses Foundation

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


Please join the Nevada Nurses Foundation, in collaboration with more than a dozen professional nursing organizations, individuals, and institutions, to celebrate Shining Stars of Nursing in Nevada. Join us for a gala night of food, networking, and celebration as we acknowledge and honor the accomplishments of our nursing colleagues, as well as recognize our scholarship recipients and private and corporate sponsors.

6 PM – 10 PM

See Event Highlights section below for event details & to nominate nurses for awards & recognitions.


  • Attend the Dinner – Join us for the food & celebration on October 6. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Tickets are available for purchase for individual seats or in groups by booths (4 or 6 seats) or by table (2, 4, 6, or 8 seats). Register online for your tickets by midnight, October 5, 2018.
    The Nugget is providing a discounted room rate of $89 for out-of-town guests and locals who want to stay at the hotel before or after the event.
    Call 1-800-648-1177 and mention discount code GNNF.
  • Become an Event Sponsorpurchase a table or booth (2, 4, 6, or 8 seats), donate one or more tickets to allow nurses to attend, become an event sponsor, or purchase an ad in the souvenir program.
  • Sponsor a Named Scholarship or Grant – Create a personal or professional legacy by donating a $1,000 scholarship or grant in your name or someone you wish to honor. See separate page to learn more.
  • Bid on Silent Auction Items – a selection of great items and gift certificates will be available for purchase at the event's silent auction.
  • Donate A Silent Auction ItemContact us to arrange for donation of a special item to the event's silent auction.
  • Purchase Raffle Tickets – a number of great prizes will be raffled off during the event. You do not have to be present to win. Contact us to purchase tickets.
  • Can't Attend the Dinner? – Please consider becoming a Foundation Sponsor or making a donation to support the Foundation's mission.


  • 5:00 PM – VIP Reception (VIP guests with hosted bar, appetizers, & live entertainment)
    6:00 PM – Cocktails, Networking, Silent Auction, Raffle, & Professional Photos
    6:30 PM – Dinner & Slideshow
    7:00 PM – Recognitions & Awards
    9:00 PM – Dancing, Raffle, & Conclusion of Silent Auction
  • Dr. Larry Slater
    Dr. Larry Slater
    Guest Speaker PresentationLarry Z. Slater, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, is Director of the Undergraduate Program and a Clinical Associate Professor at the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Dr. Slater received his doctoral degree in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing, where he also completed his post-doctoral training, focusing on the psychosocial aspects of aging with HIV. His nursing experience is in neurosurgical intensive care. In teaching, he is an expert in technology-enhanced education and alternative teaching strategies, including flipped-classroom and active learning strategies. Dr. Slater is a Certified Nurse Educator and board certified in gerontological nursing and has received awards from peers and students for his teaching.
  • Student Nurses Event – taking place on October 6, 2018, from 9:00-1:00 at the Redfield Campus at the University of Nevada, Reno. This event is free to nursing and pre-nursing students. Presentations will include the Nevada Nurses Association, Nevada Nurses Foundation, and our special guest Dr. Larry Slater of New York University, as well as a NCLEX preparation presentation. Enjoy food, drinks, and exhibitors. Sign up through Eventbrite: To become an exhibitor at this event, please contact
  • Distinguished Nurse Leader with Lifetime Achievement Award – the nominees and recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Nurse Award, based on lifetime achievement and service, will be honored. The award will be presented by the 2016 recipient, Debra Scott. If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please complete a nomination form. Submissions are open through September 21, 2018.
  • Nurses' Choice Chief Nursing Officer/Director of Nursing (CNO/DON) of the Year Award – the recipient of the 2018 top-rated People's Choice CNO/DNO in Nevada will be honored. The award will be presented by last year's recipient, Dr. John Coldsmith. Nominations are open through September 21, 2018. Complete the nomination form for your favorite CNO.
  • Student Nurse Leader Awards – the recipients of the Student Nurse Leader Awards will be honored. These students are selected by their respective schools.
  • "50 Under 50" Awards – Join us in recognizing fifty nurses under the age of fifty who have demonstrated excellence in practice and leadership. Nominations are accepted through September 11, 2018.
  • Professional Progression Awards – All nurses who have completed advanced degrees and specialty certifications in 2017 will be honored. Let us know of your colleagues' successes. Submissions will be accepted through September 21, 2018.
  • Nurses on Boards – All nurses who served on governing or advisory boards representing the nursing occupation or healthcare issues and concerns during 2017 will be honored. If you know of a colleague who should be recognized for his/her representation of or leadership in nursing, please submit his or her name for consideration. Submissions are accepted through September 21, 2018.
  • Recognition of Nevada Nurses Foundation Scholarship Recipients & Donors – We will honor individual and corporate donors who have set aside funds from their charitable giving to create personal/professional legacies by donating $1,000 or more scholarships in their individual/corporate names or after someone they wish to honor. With this naming opportunity comes the privilege of deciding the named scholarship criteria. The donors will be recognized at all NNF-sponsored events and this Web site for one year.


NNA       NHA           NAPNA

SZK       SNI

ENA Nevada           Flying ICU           CTH

UNR           Orvis           CSN

GBC           UNLV           NSC

Carrington           Optum


WestPac           Western NV Supply           D Campbell Associates

Cliffson           Farley Photography

Presented by the Nevada Nurses Foundation in collaboration with the Nevada Nurses Association (NNA), the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA), Nevada Association of Nurse Practitioners (NAPNA), Emergency Nurses Association, Sigma Honor Society of Nursing (Zeta Kappa & Nu Iota), Nevada Hispanic Nurses Association, Cliffson Solutions, LLC, Farley Photography, Life Guard International Flying ICU, and others.

All proceeds will support the mission of the Nevada Nurses Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, including nursing scholarships and grants.


Call: 775-560-1118

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