Best Workplace for Men in Nursing Awards Program

The American Association for Men in Nursing (AAMN) is pleased to announce to the membership and employers of nurses that we are offering the Best Workplace for Men in Nursing Award this year. The process will be part of the AAMN Recognition Review Committee.

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Purpose: to recognize nursing workplaces that have made significant efforts to recruit and retain men in nursing.

Procedure: Employers of nurse who believe they offer a superior workplace for men in nursing are encouraged to apply. All applications are due by close of business on July 16. Applications need to address the criteria below and be submitted to AAMN Headquarters: Brian Doty, CMP, Executive Director, bdoty@aamn.org.

A $500 application fee is required and payable to:
The American Association for Men in Nursing
446 E High Street, Suite 10
Lexington, KY 40507

Best Workplace Criteria

  • Please see evaluation rubric. The organization will electronically submit to the Executive Director (see above contact information) a portfolio detailing their efforts in meeting the needs of men in nursing. Examples of efforts may include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Recruitment materials and website images depicting men in nursing
    • Career fairs/ public relations events targeting men in nursing
    • Strategic plans with aim to increase gender diversity in the nursing staff
    • Historical evidence demonstrating an increase in the number of men in nursing recruited and retained by the organization
    • News releases, newsletter articles/ e-journal articles recognizing the contribution of men in nursing
    • Orientation and continuing education materials which are gender neutral as related to nursing professionals.
    • Evidence of involvement of men in nursing in organizational committees affecting nursing practice
    • Evidence of employee health / wellness programs or activities designed to address issues of men’s health.
    • Policies which encourage men in nursing to access organizational benefits which encourage their full participation in family life, such as paternity leave, involvement in children’s education etc.
    The organization must use their own discretion to determine the value and importance of the content they choose to include in their portfolio. The items listed above are only examples of suggested inclusion items and should not be seen as required or limited to these.
  • The organization must provide the following data for the current and previous year:

    • Percent of nursing staff who are male
    • Percent of management / administrative positions held by nurses who are male
    • Number of clinical leadership positions (Clinical Nurses Specialists, Educators, Advance Practice Nurses, etc.) employed by the organization
    • Percent of clinical leadership positions held by nurses who are male.
    • Percent of advanced practice nurses who are male
    • Turnover rate for all nurses
    • Turnover rate for nurses who are male.
    • Percent of nurses accessing tuition reimbursement or other advanced education support offered by the organization who are male
  • The Organization must be accredited by the JCAHO or other body appropriate to their business line. Organizations in business lines where accreditation or certification may not be appropriate should submit documentation of quality assurance activities as they relate to their employment of nurses.
  • The award may be given to the same organization more than once.
  • Organizations receiving the award will display the AAMN logo on their website with the citation “AAMN Best Workplace for Men in Nursing” and provide a link to the AAMN website to be displayed along with AAMN logo. This display shall continue for a period of one year following receipt of the award. The Recognition Review Committee Chairperson shall coordinate the necessary tools and communications to enable the usage of the AAMN logo.
  • The Recognition Review Committee will review all application submitted prior to the posted deadline. The Committee will recommend applications to the board for approval as an “AAMN Best Workplace for Men in Nursing”. The “Best Workplace” award is not limited to one per year. The committee will determine the number of awards recommended for approval based on their evaluation of applications submitted
  • Attendance at the annual AAMN conference is required of the award-winning organization. A representative from each award-winning organization shall be required to contact the executive director to communicate travel arrangements and attendance.
  • Consideration will be given to the overall presentation of the submitted portfolio. The organization shall use their own discretion in overall presentation of materials.
  • Scoring will be conducted based on the criteria and information above. All questions concerning the scoring guideline shall be directed to the Executive Director.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time will it take to apply?
The time spent will vary depending on what the organization already has in place (e.g. gender specific nurse data, climate surveys with gender specific data) and what needs to be implemented.

What do I need to do in order to be considered for this award?
Please see the Best Workplace Evaluation Rubric. In order for your application to be considered, you will need:
  • A portfolio of evidence
  • Evidence of accreditation by the JCAHO or other body appropriate to their business line. Organizations in business lines where accreditation or certification may not be appropriate should submit documentation of quality improvement activities as they relate to their employment of nurses.
  • Data as noted in the evaluation rubric
Does one person need to prepare the application or can it be a task force?
More than one person or a group can prepare the application. Groups of nurses have helped prepare an organization’s application and these things ease the burden on any one person. However, it is required that you designate one individual as the contact person or leader for the application process

Is there a preferred format for the application?
There is no one required format but pdf files may be easier to send via email than PowerPoints or other documents that contain multiple images. Please see the sample application.