Human Rights and Nursing Awards

Call for Nominations: Human Rights and Nursing Awards

Every day, all over the world, nurses make a positive difference to the lives of individuals, families and communities. The care delivered by nurses is directed to everyone, especially to some of the most vulnerable people in our global community. The exceptional work of some nurses in promoting and enacting respect for human rights for everyone represent a source of inspiration for other nurses. We believe that these nurses deserve to be acknowledged and celebrated.

The International Care Ethics Observatory at the University of Surrey, UK, presents the Human Rights and Nursing Awards yearly to two nurses in recognition of their outstanding commitment to human rights. These awards exemplify the essence of nursing as a moral practice.

The Awards were first given in 2001 and have since gained in momentum. They have been given to nurses working in different settings, from the Gaza Strip to Australia, from the Republic of Ireland to Cambodia, Brazil and India on projects involving the poorest people, as well as pioneering innovative care, active social advocating and teaching health care personnel in all types of settings. The Human Rights and Nursing Awards are presented to any nurse in recognition of an outstanding commitment to human rights and exemplifying the essence of nursing’s philosophy of humanity to further their work. The aim of the Awards is to give nurses visibility and to celebrate those whose work fosters international respect for human rights and dignity of people everywhere.

The Awards are presented each year during an official ceremony that takes place during the Nursing Ethics and International Ethics in Care Conference.

Criteria for the Human Rights and Nursing Awards

The International Care Ethics Observatory Advisory Group and members of the Nursing Ethics Editorial Board review all nominations for the Human Rights and Nursing Awards annually.

1. The contributions and accomplishments of the nominee must be of international significance to human rights.

2. The contributions of the nominee have influenced health care and/or nursing practice.

Nominations can be submitted throughout the year. Possible candidates need to be nominated and sponsored by others. The Award includes a significant financial reward, which is to be used for the furtherance of the award recipient’s work.

Do you know a nurse who makes a significant contribution to the promotion of human rights in their care of people in need?

If you have a nomination please get in touch with the Human Rights Awards Co-ordinators: Tiziana Sala Defilippis (email or Jane Leng (email Insert an email subject heading of ‘Human Rights and Nursing Award Nomination’.

The deadlines for nominations for the 2020 awards is January 27th, 2020