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Nursing Awards and Recognition Programs

ECHN Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing

The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing program was developed in 2001 out of a desire to celebrate and elevate the nursing profession.

This program is open and inclusive of all health care settings – hospitals, home health care, health centers, schools, health departments, long-term care, nursing schools, medical practices and more – and all are warmly invited to participate.

RNs and LPNs (full or part-time) who demonstrate excellence may be considered for recognition if they are involved in clinical practice, leadership, and/or education.

ECHN's Manchester Memorial Hospital, Rockville General Hospital and Visiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut (VNHSC) collaborate to collect nominations. Awards are presented yearly.

Our Nomination Criteria:

  1. How has nominee made a significant impact on patient care and/or the nursing profession.

  2. How has the nominee gone “beyond the call”.

  3. How has nominee demonstrate excellence above what is normally expected?

  4. How has nominee shown commitment to the community served, in a way that is significantly above the norm?

  5. How has nominee achieved a life-long legacy in a particular arena?

2022 Nightingale Winners

Barbara Kapustka, RN


Bethann Baer, RN

Behavioral Health

Phommalinh Dion, RN

3 North

Teri-Anne Berthiaume, RN

Visiting Nurse & Health Services of CT

2021 Nightingale Winners

Amy Janeczko, RN

2 East

Jane Packer, RN

Emergency Department

Christen Ellis, RN


Heather Sloan-Hattie, RN

Visiting Nurse & Health Services of CT

Linda Legal Tyndale, RN

Woodlake at Tolland

ECHN DAISY Award for Nurses

The DAISY Foundation was formed in November, 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP).

Every quarter, ECHN's Manchester Memorial Hospital, Rockville General Hospital and Visiting Nurse and Health Services of Connecticut collaborate to collect nominations to present an award to a deserving nurse from patients and/or their loved ones.

Learn More about D.A.I.S.Y and how to nominate a deserving nurse >

Clinical Ladder Program

The Registered Nurse (RN) Clinical Ladder Program is a three-step program designed to recognize clinical performance and leadership at the bedside.

All nurses start as a Clinical Ladder I with responsibilities and qualifications specific to the area of nursing hired to. Advancement to Clinical Ladder II and III requires increasing involvement in unit and hospital activities that promote safety, quality and satisfaction for patients, visitors and employees.

Nurses interested in advancement must meet the requirements set force in the application. Individuals attaining Clinical Ladder II and III designation are recognized formally each May and receive a monetary reward quarterly.

Certified Nurses Day

Each March Nursing Units throughout Manchester Memorial and Rockville General Hospitals celebrate Certified Nurses Day. The names of all nurses who hold professional certification is proudly displayed on all nursing units. Individuals with professional certification receive an annual monetary reward.

Employee Recognition Program

Employees are recognized as part of our Employee Recognition Program in the following ways:

  • Heart Cards for outstanding core values and/or work performance (submitted by coworkers, manager, patients or visitors)
  • Employee of the Month
  • Outstanding Health Care Provider for Outstanding Leadership and Outstanding Patient Experience
  • Award of Excellence (yearly) in Outstanding Support Service
  • Years of Service Recognition beginning at 5 years (in five year increments)