The Nursing Professional Governance Organization (NPGO) will honor one professional advanced practice provider from UVA Health for the Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year Award.


Nominations are accepted during a 6 week period beginning mid-January each year.  Current members of the Awards and Recognition Committee are not eligible to be award recipients.  Nomination exemplars must have a minimum of 300 words and include specific examples in order to be eligible.  Nominations are de-identified and assigned by category to committee members for review.  Members may not participate in the review and selection of a category that includes a nominee that is a co-worker or other relation that poses a conflict of interest.  The selection committee scores nominations ranking them based on evidence provided within the nomination exemplar.

Award recipients are announced at a presentation event during Nurses' Week each year in May.


To recognize a licensed practical nurse who demonstrates clinical knowledge and uses skills applicable to role and practice settings to enhance quality care, and the application of their professional role with patients and family members, communities and the interdisciplinary teams.


  • Nominee must have been employed by the Medical Center for at least 6 months at time of nomination submission.
  • Nominee must hired into and currently functioning in an LPN role.


Specific examples must be cited for nominations to be considered.  These examples should have occurred within the last 12 months and be written as narratives or stories consistent with the award criteria.  They should also demonstrate the nominee’s involvement in patient care activities.  Nominations will only be considered if they include specific examples.  A specific example must be submitted for each criterion in order to be considered complete and valid.  Any clinical acts referenced must be consistent with policies and procedures outlined by UVA Health.  Written nominations should demonstrate:

  • CLINICAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: Demonstrates current clinical knowledge and uses skills applicable to role and practice settings to enhance quality care and patient safety. 
  • EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION AND EXCEPTIONAL TEAMWORK: Displays excellent communication skills with patients, families, as well as other members of the health care team. Maintains collaborative working relationships with colleagues.  Provides a positive work environment.
  • PATIENT ADVOCACY AND PROBLEM SOLVING: Responds to difficult and/or unexpected situations, and proactively identifies solutions. Promotes resourcefulness, flexibility, and adaptability in patient care to drive positive outcomes.