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Exemplary Leadership Award


The Exemplary Leadership Award recognizes a nurse leader who significantly influenced professional nursing practice and the professional development of others. AONL believes every nurse has the potential to be a leader and inspire expert care. This award supports AONL’s mission by honoring an individual’s influence and impact on nursing practice, leadership and community.

2023 Leadership Award

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a current AONL Member.
  • Current members of the AONL Board of Directors and/or AONL staff are not eligible.

Nomination Process

  • Any AONL member may nominate a candidate for the award by submitting a nomination form and supporting documentation for the submission criteria (resume or CV and one letter of recommendation demonstrating nominee’s qualifications – a letter from CEO or Supervisor).
  • The nomination form should list examples of the nominee’s leadership in elevating nursing, mentorship, impact on professional nursing practice, service to AONL or its affiliates.

Selection Process

The AONL Awards committee selects the winner using the below submission criteria. Include all roles, activities and qualities supporting the submission criteria in the application:




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