Nurse Awards

Shining Star Awards

King County Nurses Association presents annual awards to nurses who demonstrate excellence in their areas of practice or contribute significantly to the nursing profession.

Nominations are accepted year 'round, but the deadline for 2018 Shining Star Award nominations is April 1, 2018. The nomination form is available here.

2017 Award Winners            

King County Nurses Association honored three extraorinary members with Shining Star Awards this year:

Judy Huntington, MN, RN

Judy is the Executive Director for the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA), a position she assumed in January 1999 after nearly 10 years on the executive staff of the American Nurses Association (ANA). She is a graduate of the University of Washington, where she received both her BSN and MN degrees. At the beginning of her career, Judy worked at Seattle Children's Hospital for 13 years, then moved to Washington, DC to become Director of the ANA Division of Governmental Affairs. Although she has announced her intention to retire as WSNA Executive Director this year, she will remain politically active in matters related to health care reform. Judy is a champion for safe staffing, quality patient care and social justice for the underserved, and has a unique ability to educate legislators and influence public policy.

Anne Hirsch, PhD, ARNP, FAANP

Anne is associate dean for graduate education and the N. Jean Bushman Endowed Chair at Seattle University. She has led statewide programs, chaired a design team to develop a master plan for nursing in Washington State, and was recently appointed by the governor to serve on the committee to establish core performance measures for health care (the only educator or nurse practitioner on this committee). Through academic leadership roles, Dr. Hirsch has established a PhD program at Washington State University and two DNP programs at Washington State University and Seattle University. As a testament to her clinical and leadership abilities, she has been inducted into both the Academy of Advanced Nursing Practice and the American Academy of Nursing.

Behauden Omer, RN, BSN

Omer has been a nurse in Jail Health Services at King County Correctional Facility for the past four years, including two years as charge nurse. Previously, he worked for eight years in med/surg, CCU and Emergency Departments at Swedish Medical Center. Omer came to the jail with excellent skills and applied them in the complex position of correctional nursing. According to his nominator, "Omer gives his best every day, no matter the circumstances. He is a smart, caring, accountable, dependable, exemplary leader who cares greatly for the vulnerable population he serves."