Lifetime Achievement Award

The purpose of this award is to honor an IENA member for a lifetime of exemplary dedication and service to nursing and/or outstanding contribution to nursing.

Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an IENA member for outstanding achievement and contributions to the:

  • Professional Association
  • Profession
  • Health care system
  • Community

Excellence in Nursing Practice Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an IENA member for his/her excellence in nursing practice. Any area of nursing practice may be submitted such as:

  • Hospital
  • Community
  • Consultants
  • Mental health
  • Home health care
  • School
  • Public health
  • Long-term care
  • Education
  • Other
  • Office
  • Midwife
  • Independent practice
  • Nurse anesthetist
  • Nurse lawyer
  • Military

Excellence in Research Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an IENA member for outstanding achievement and contribution in furthering nursing research by having:

  • Communicated own research findings
  • Promoted and facilitated research in less experienced individuals


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After reviewing many submissions, it is our privilege to announce the winners of our Nursing Awards for 2023.


Nonie Kingma

Excellence In Nursing Leadership Award

Nonie has served the nurses of Sacred Heart for many years and in many capacities. She has been an outstanding negotiating team member, and most recently in the last several years, has held the important role of Chair of the Nurse Staffing Committee. Nonie is well-spoken, and known for pursuing what is right and just, with true grace. Nonie has enforced staffing matrices for safe patient care, and has demonstrated to her committee members what it takes to be a true leader.

Nominated by Jaclyn Smedley


Brenda Hoyer

Excellence In Nursing Practice Award

Brenda has been a Labor and Delivery RN for 24 years, a Special Care Nursery Nurse and a Charge nurse on her LDRP unit for 21 of those years. In 2010, when the LRDP unit expanded and the Special Care Nursery was upgraded to a Level 2 NICU, Brenda was instrumental in preparing her unit and the SCN nurses for their growing role. In her continued desire to strive for excellence, Brenda obtained her BSN in 2011.

Brenda’s personal and professional desire to continually strive for excellence, and encourage excellence in others made her the perfect candidate for this Excellence in Nursing Practice Award.

Nominated by Jennifer Evans