Get Ready to Recognize Your Employees and Volunteers!

Rick Patterson and Joanne O'Connor in Membership, Public Relations

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invites our members to submit nominations for the 2016 awards programs. To help you plan, we are providing the following time line for when the Association will be soliciting nominations. Further information with the eligibility criteria, exact deadlines and the nomination forms will be sent in the member mailings and posted on the NYSHFA website. In addition, hard copies of the nomination forms will be mailed to every member facility. To see highlights of the 2015 winners, go to http://www.nyshfa.org and click on Awards.

October 2015

Innovative Practice Awards

The Innovative Practice Awards Program honors exemplary innovative practices in NYSHFA/NYSCAL member skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. The recipients of the Innovative Practice Awards will be honored at the Association’s Annual Convention in June and receive a plaque for their facility. The Innovative Practices will also be presented at a panel discussion during the convention. In an effort to share as many innovative practices with our members as possible, all entries will be summarized and published in a member mailing.

November 2015

Employee Recognition Program

The Employee Recognition Awards Program honors individuals for their outstanding contributions to NYSHFA member skilled nursing facilities. Awards will be given in the following categories:  Registered Nurse of the Year, Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year, Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year, and Heart and Hands Award (Non-nursing/Non-managerial Staff).  Winners will be honored at the Association’s Annual Convention in June and will receive a trophy and check for $250.

Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nurse Scholarship Awards

The Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarships assist staff currently working in skilled nursing facilities in pursuing education to become an LPN, RN; pursuing an advanced degree as an RN; and RNs pursuing certification as a geriatric nurse or wound management nurse. The Foundation for Quality Care administers this program. Recipients will be presented with their awards at the Annual Nurse Leadership Conference. The number of Scholarships and amounts to be announced in the near future.

December 2015

NYSHFA Volunteer of the Year Awards

The annual Volunteer of the Year awards program recognizes outstanding volunteers serving in NYSHFA member skilled nursing facilities. Awards will be given in the following five categories: Young Adult, Adult, Senior Adult, Group, and Spiritual Guidance. Each state winner will receive an engraved obelisk and will be honored at the Association's Annual Convention in June.

January 2016

NYSCAL Awards Programs

NYSCAL will be offering the following Awards Programs for Assisted Living members: Administrator of the Year, Assisted Living Nurse of the Year, National Assisted Living Week Programming Award, Noble Caregiver in Assisted Living, NYSCAL Scholarship Award and Assisted Living Volunteer of the Year. The winners will be honored at the Association's Annual Convention in June and will be our nominees for the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) awards.

NYSHFA Scholarship Awards

NYSHFA sponsors a Scholarship program, in collaboration with the NYSHFA districts, to provide financial help to employees of NYSHFA member skilled nursing facilities. Recipients receive a $750 Scholarship. Educational programs must be strictly related to the applicant’s health care career. The deadline for districts to submit their scholarships to NYSHFA is September 30.