A Community of Exceptional Nurses
An exemplar is a story, not a case study or a report. The purpose of the exemplar is to communicate the chapter’s contributions and accomplishments that exemplify AACN’s mission, vision, values and ethics of care based on the criteria for each category of Chapter awards. Give specific examples to reinforce your statements. Some examples of successful exemplars follow.
Write your exemplar so that others — a patient, a family member, someone from the general public or even the medical field, and most importantly the award reviewers — can grasp the nature of your work and its value to patients, your community, and society as a whole. Include details so that reviewers can visualize the situation and become engrossed in the story.
Remember the important elements — who, what, when, where, why, and how, and be sure to incorporate them into your story. Consider the criteria for your specific award category. Examples of successful exemplars are shown below.
Try to answer questions like these:
These are just some examples of questions to ask yourself as you write your exemplar. Be sure to include others in the writing process so that you have the benefit of multiple perspectives.
Try to paint a very clear picture as you tell your story. Give concrete illustrations of how you met your outcomes.
Exemplars should be written by the chapter member, the nominator, or collaboratively by individuals who can attest to the validity of the contribution.
Once you have written your exemplar, have several people (both clinical and nonclinical) review it. Then ask them to tell you in their own words what your exemplar is about. In this way you will be able to determine whether everything you wanted to convey is easily understood and that your story is clear.
Be sure to proofread your exemplar for punctuation and spelling. Remember, you’re nominating your chapter for an award, so you want your submission to be stellar!
Awarded in memory of Sharon Connor, AACN director of membership and chapters from 1985 to 1997, for her advocacy of volunteerism and dedication to the success of chapters.
Recognition for effectively integrating the theme for July 2011 through June 2012 — "Together. Stronger. Bolder." — in activities and programs throughout the year.
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