The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020-2021 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. We invite you to join us in this year-long celebration of nurses and midwives with our photo and caption contest! Submit a photo and caption that captures each month's theme for a chance to win a $50 gift card.
One grand prize winner will be selected from the 12 monthly winners; this photo and caption will be displayed in the UB School of Nursing and in our annual magazine, UBNursing.
Nurses work in a range of exciting and challenging environments in various settings across the globe, providing care to underserved communities and individuals who need it most. Show us your global health work in action, and tell us why global health is important in nursing.
WINNER! "Global health in nursing does not only involve an international experience; rather, it is an essential aspect in nursing that involves cultural competence and mutual respect for all persons. Whether overseas or within one's own community, nurses can practice global health by providing holistic care to underserved and diverse populations." Submitted by Lia Mistretta.
"Global health is vital to nursing because illness does not discriminate. It affects all people from all walks of life. As nurses, we can touch the lives of so many people from all over the globe." Submitted by Rebecca Moore.
"This is our open market in Accra, Ghana. Global health connects our most fundamental needs in the most human way possible; embracing another's culture and whole being and allowing our differences to unite us." Submitted by Jessica Rachow-Pangrazio.
Nurse educators go above and beyond to ensure the next generation of nurses continue to grow and improve patient care. Show us your favorite nurse educator and tell us why s/he is fantastic. Nurse educators and preceptors – show us your teaching in action, your mentee, or any other education-related activity, and tell us why you choose to be an educator or why nurse educators are so important.
WINNER! "As a DNP nurse anesthesia student, it is important to learn clinical skills, we well as teaching skills. On a recent medical volunteer trip, I was given the opportunity to teach nurse practitioner students about airway management. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, both students’ clinical skills improve." Submitted by Melanie Schutt.
"Undergraduate nursing students learn in spring semester simulation lab, that everyday is Mothers' Day at UB." Submitted by Donna Fabry.
"Dr. Linda Steeg graciously donned the hospital gown and equipment of an ICU patient to demonstrate the interprofessional roles dealing with mobility of critically ill patients in the ICU. The classroom activity involved all senior-level nursing students in NSG 478 and a class of Physical Therapy students. Although the photo was captured in Wende's 4th-floor skills lab and involve a nursing student and a friend, the image was used to demonstrate how professionals can work collaboratively to achieve positive patient outcomes." Submitted by Janice Jones.
"Nurse educators provide a positive environment for nursing students everywhere. They are leaders in the clinical setting and help to implement evidence-based practices. Nurses who choose to educate other nurses are essential in this career; they provide others with the chance to grown and learn." Submitted by Rebecca Moore.
Nurses often participate in programs that provide free health services to individuals in the community, but they also volunteer in many other ways in the community. Show us a photo of you helping a neighborhood clean-up activity, working at an animal shelter, assisting with a community health program, or participating in any other volunteer activity, and tell us why volunteerism is important to you or the community.
Show and tell us about your amazing shift team, an award you’ve won, or any other reason you are proud to be a nurse or nursing student.
WINNER! "Having the opportunity to be mentored by one of the most people-centered and greatest nurse/clinical instructor, while also meeting some of my best friends, and practicing at a nationally top-ranked, best hospital. I can't think of a better time to be a student nurse." Submitted by Kayla Shoemaker
"I am so proud, especially in today's uncertain times, to be in the nursing profession. I love being a part of professional nursing groups, like Sigma, and having friends in this profession to lean on. I cannot imagine myself in any other career path besides nursing. I cannot wait to start practicing." Submitted by Rebecca Moore
"My twin sister goes into work every night with a smile you can still see behind her mask and that makes me proud to be a (soon-to-be) nurse!" Submitted by Victoria Hoeltke
Nurses are strong in part due to the support of our families and friends. Show and tell us how your family or friends have impacted your decision to pursue nursing, how they support you as you navigate a demanding career/education, or simply why you think they’re amazing.
WINNER! "My children deserve this award! Their patience allowed me to figure out 'new' UB SON life, and quickly turn the dining room into COVID-19 'homeschooling'/Senior semester. With their support, I have been able tofinish 64 hours of virtual clinical hours and prepare for our final, along sidethem at the table. Chloe and Cain are the reason I applied for the ABS program, and ironically, their love and support will be the reason I will finish. They motivate me everyday toward my goal of Pediatric Critical Care RN." Submitted by Kelly McCoy.
"This is a picture of my cousin and I back in 2013 when she and I livedtogether for a few months. In the summer of 2016, I lost her to a drugoverdose which has profoundly impacted my decision to choose nursing,particularly mental health nursing. I made a promise that I was going tochange the way we think about addiction and help those struggling withtheir mental health. This population of patients are vastly misrepresentedand stigmatized. As a future nurse, I hope to help them realize the potentialin living rewarding, meaningful lives. This degree is for you, Bex!" Submitted by Abby Fain.
"I love this photo of my mom, my inspiration to become a nurse, because itshows how happy she is doing whatever she could to brighten her patients'day. It's 1995 and she is pregnant with me, doing a fashion show forresidents of a nursing home!" Submitted by Natalie Argueta.
A cornerstone of the nursing profession is evidence-based practice. Show us your research, a poster presentation, or any other nursing research-related activity, and tell us why it’s important for the profession or patient care.
WINNER! “As nurses, we don’t just take care of patients – we make important decisions, guided by research evidence, that positively impact the lives of our patients and their families. The research we do supports the care that we provide. As researchers, and the most direct caregivers, nurses play the most vital role in continuously striving to make healthcare the best it can be for all patients.” Submitted by Yu-Ping Chang, associate dean for research and scholarship
Nurses play a vital role in health services worldwide, and more nurses are needed every year. This is your chance to show and tell the world something you think everyone needs to know about the most trusted profession or why others should consider pursuing a nursing career.
WINNER "I love this photo of my mom, my inspiration to become a nurse, because it shows how happy she is doing whatever she could to brighten her patients'day. It's 1995 and she is pregnant with me, doing a fashion show for residents of a nursing home!" Submitted by Natalie Argueta.
Self-care is vital in high-demand professions such as nursing (and nursing school!). Show us your favorite self-care activity, and tell us why this is your self-care activity of choice or why self-care is important to you.
WINNER! "In times of stress, yoga keeps me balanced and strong. My body loves the movement and my mind loves the stillness." Submitted by Jessica Nguyen.
"We all know as nurses, we think of others first and often forget about ourself-care. COVID 19 has made it even more difficult but essential to be mindful. While we cannot meet in the classroom to meditate as we did before COVID, here a group of students is meeting on Zoom to meditate before an exam. Students are finding meditation and aromatherapy helpful with test anxiety and stress. It also helps to center them and increase their concentration and memory. I hope the students will take their mindfulness self-care practices with them when they graduate and share them with their colleagues and patients." Submitted by Gale Klinshaw.
Nurses advocate for their patients every day, but legislative and political advocacy and nurse leadership is equally important in advancing the profession and improving patient care. Show us your advocacy or leadership activity, and tell us why it’s important to you, patients or the profession.
WINNER! "Nursing has a long history of advocacy on behalf of both our patients andourselves of which I am proud to be a part of. I feel our professional responsibility for advocacy stretches beyond the bedside, and we must stay engaged in the political process to shape policy to improve the health of our communities." Submitted by Samantha Auerbach.
"Advocating for Advanced Practice CRNAs recipient of the Kathleen O'Donnell Award for Excellence in Leadership." Submitted by Cheryl Spulecki.
"Leadership and advocacy in nursing starts at UB SON with Sigma's Northeast Region 11 coordinator, Dr. Jones seen here in Washington D.C." Submitted by Lana Pasek.
Nurses are dedicated lifelong learners. Show us how you continue to grow your knowledge or involvement in the nursing profession, whether it is through earning your next degree, participating in nursing organizations, attending a conference or any other professional activity, and tell us why it’s important or how it has helped you grow.
WINNER! "Family planning saves lives: Using virtual reality to experience a vasectomy." Submitted by Kafuli Agbemenu.
"Hospital staff from across the country come together at the Center for Domestic Preparedness to complete a week-long hospital emergency response training program concluding with an integrated capstone event where the team collaborates to effectively respond to a simulated mass casualty event." Submitted by Joann Sands.
"This summer, I virtually participated in the University of Pittsburgh's inaugural summer training workshop addressing state-of-the-art methodologies in human and animal research on sleep and circadian science. A weeklong in-person meeting was pivoted to a virtual format due to COVID, but still provided a great opportunity to learn and network." Submitted by Misol Kwon.
Nurses are an integral part of dynamic interprofessional teams who provide complex care and patient education. Show us your interprofessional team or group, and tell us about your team and how you work together to ensure the best outcomes for your patients. Nursing students – show us your IPE activity, and tell us how your IPE experiences will help you become a better nurse or what you’ve learned from working with other disciplines.
WINNER! "As the Global Initiatives Coordinator for the UB SON, we try to offer unique experiences for clinical outside of the traditional hospital setting. This experience in particular is demonstrating two students one from the UBSON and one from UB SDM volunteering at a Remote Area Medical clinic to provide free dental care to the underserved population of Appalachia, Tennessee. It is always impressive to see how much the students learn from each other and about each other's profession!" Submitted by Molli Oldenburg.
Great mentors make great nurses. Honor a nurse who helped you find your path or grow in your career – show us a professor, preceptor, a nurse on your unit, or anyone else who you’d like to honor for their hand in helping you grow, and tell us why you appreciate him/her.
WINNER! "I am extremely grateful for my clinical professor, Marygrace Piskorowski who was truly an exemplary role model for me as a senior nursing student. She displayed civility, compassion and advocacy in patient care and self-care as a new nurse that has helped me grow as a nursing student and will guide my practice in the future as a professional nurse." Submitted by Alison Norton.
"Having our first clinical rotation as junior nursing students during a global pandemic was difficult to fathom. However, our preceptor Mary GracePiskorowski became an inspirational figure for not only me, but my group as well." Submitted by Kerry Koon.
"Heather was my nursing preceptor for my capstone on Labor & Delivery atOishei back in 2018. This photo was taken two months later on my first day as a staff RN. Thank you Heather for being such a great mentor then, and still to this day!" Submitted by Lia Mistretta.
"This photo is from when I presented a poster at the 2018 ProfessionalNurses of Western New York annual research conference with Dr. Agbemenu. I was her assistant in a study of African refugee women's reproductive health. I'm grateful for her mentorship, as it helped me foster the spirit of inquiry and critical thinking." Submitted by Sabrina Privitera.
"Dr. Grace Dean is an exceptional and dedicated mentor. Foremost, Dr.Dean's admirable personality traits - enthusiasm for sharing her knowledge, respectful attitude, eagerness to help others, being a reflective listener, compassionate heart - radiates from her and energizes everyone around her. She inspires me to recognize and practice what it is to be a great nurse scientist always striving for patient safety, yielding fruitful collaboration and building a successful program of research, and mentoring others in return. I feel so blessed to have her as my mentor." Submited by Misol Kwon.
Each month, one $50 Amazon gift card will be awarded for the winning photo. One grand prize winner will be selected from the 12 monthly winners; this photo and caption will be displayed in the UB School of Nursing an in our annual magazine, UBNursing.
The contest is open to residents of the United States. Participants must be 18 years or older at time of entry. Participants are eligible to win one prize during the 2020 calendar year.
Participants must submit a photo and relevant photo caption (15-50 words) via the contest submission form (below). Submissions must comply with HIPAA. Contestants may submit more than one photo per month and may submit a photo for multiple months.
Submissions for each theme are due on the last day of the month. The winners will be announced via social media during the first week of each month.
With your submission you agree: I authorize the University at Buffalo, School of Nursing to use photographs or videos of me for educational or promotional purposes in any type of media, including its website, poster presentations and webinars. I understand that I will not be paid or rewarded for providing this authorization.