Recognizing nurses for excellence in the art and science of nursing for 27 years.
The event honors one hundred RNs who were nominated by their peers and selected for being role models, leaders, community servants, compassionate caregivers and significant contributors to the nursing profession. The nurses recognized come from all practice areas in nursing including acute care, sub-acute care, school nursing, nurse leaders, academics and many more.
The Great 100 Nurses originally stemmed from an idea by P.K. Scheerle, a registered nurse and successful entrepreneur, who founded a similar event to recognize nurses in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1991, Dr. Beth Mancini, PhD, RN, Sarah Moody, MS, RN, NEA-BC, Lucy Norris, MS, RN, CENP and Judy Denison, MS, RN, NEA-BC worked with the community to create the DFW Great 100 Nurses. “We were at a point where we wanted to present nursing in a positive light and to encourage individuals to consider nursing—the worth of nursing—and to create scholarships so that individuals could go to nursing school and better meet the healthcare needs of our community”, stated Dr. Mancini.
The Great 100 celebration raises the awareness of the contributions of nurses to patient care, research, leadership, education and community service of more than 50,000 nurses practicing in the DFW area. In addition, the celebration builds the image of nursing through positive reinforcement of the profession as a scientific art and the recognition of those who exemplify excellence. “As an organization, we believe in the power of nurses to transforms lives, organizations, communities and health systems. Nurses are leading at a local, state and national level in all settings”, stated Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, President of the DFW Great 100 and past Great 100 recipient. “Three million and growing, nurses represent the backbone, brain, heart and soul of the health care system. We are in the midst of an exciting transformation in healthcare that needs creative destruction and disruptive innovation and nurses are perfectly positioned to do just that and more.”
It is a special honor for a nurse to be nominated by family members, patients, peers, former teachers, physicians, and administrators. Over the past twenty-six years, this award has become recognized throughout the nursing community in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex as an esteemed honor and prestigious accomplishment.