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Awards & Achievements

Nightingale Awards

Year after year, select nurses from UConn John Dempsey Hospital receive the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing, the largest nursing recognition program in the state.

View 2023 Award Winners


UConn John Dempsey Hospital is a proud member of NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders), a nurse-driven program to improve nursing care for hospitalized patients age 65 and older through evidence-based clinical practice. As a member of NICHE, the nurses at UConn Health have access to clinical protocols and online educational programs and strategies to promote best practice care for older patients.

Individual Awards and Achievements

UConn Health is home to many nursing professionals who have been recognized for a variety of achievements in research, patient safety, patient care, and other areas.

In 2023, as a result of their hard work and dedication, our nurses achieved:

  • Nightingale Awards
  • Professional Certifications
  • Dempsey Award
  • Herrick Drake Scholarship
  • Academic Honors and Awards
  • Nursing Research Fellowships
  • Published Research
  • Poster Presentations at National Professional Conferences
Two nurses talking in the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center

Nursing Education Goals

UConn Health has adopted the goal presented by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for 80% of our nursing staff to have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or higher by the year 2020. In 2010, IOM released The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health where it explained the reasons for its push for more BSNs in health care.

Extensive research shows nurses with a BSN generally have better patient outcomes and increased skills in practically all facets of their professional lives. This goal also aligns with a requirement of achieving Magnet status, something UConn Health is already pursuing. We are committed to achieving this goal, and we are proud of the number of nurses we currently have on staff who have a BSN or higher degree.

Nursing goals chart showing percentage of nurses with BSN degree or higher

UConn John Dempsey Hospital – Percent of RNs with BSN Degree or Higher