Victor Fagan Sr., LPN, 2017 National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year® Award Finalist (on right)

 

 

The National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year (NCCY)® Award recognizes extraordinary healthcare professionals from across the country who embody the characteristics of compassionate care. Nominees may include various  healthcare professions, including physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, psychologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, mental/behavioral health specialists, certified nursing assistants, home health aides, and chaplains – as well as interdisciplinary teams of healthcare professionals.

Eligibility

Individual

  • Is a healthcare professional who works directly with patients.
  • Communicates sensitively with patients and loved ones.
  • Listens carefully, providing emotional support and instilling hope.
  • Respects patients’ values, culture, choices and decisions.
  • Understands the significance of patients’ families and their communities.

Team

  • Is a team of healthcare professionals who work directly with patients.
  • A team is defined as a group composed of a minimum of three healthcare professionals within one institution who work together to provide compassionate care to the same patient. Up to five team member representatives will be invited to join us at the Dinner.
  • The team composition should represent different disciplines.
  • Communicates sensitively with patients and loved ones.
  • Listens carefully, providing emotional support and instilling hope.
  • Respects patients’ values, culture, choices and decisions.
  • Understands the significance of patients’ families and their communities.
  • Works collaboratively to provide compassionate care.

Please note that family caregivers are not eligible for this award. We recognize the instrumental role family caregivers play in providing compassionate care; however, we are currently unable to extend our selection criteria for the NCCY Award beyond that of caregivers who are healthcare professionals. We are actively considering expanding this program in the future so that we may be able to formally include family caregivers in our selection process.

If you have questions about the award, please contact nominations@nccyaward.org.

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