The Oklahoma Nurses Association (ONA) held its 111th Annual Nurses’ Convention – hosted for the first time virtually – on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. During the event honoring ‘The Year of the Nurse’, an awards ceremony was held to recognize this year’s most outstanding Oklahoma nurses and medical facilities.
The Excellence in the Workplace Environment Award is presented to organizations that have developed positive work environments. These organizations must have developed an innovative and effective program, approach or overall environment that promotes excellent nursing care, creating a positive environment for nurses to work and supports nurses in their practice.
“Although we can’t be together today, it’s more important than ever to honor Oklahoma’s medical facilities that help empower the nursing leaders who inspire us and make positive impacts in the nursing profession,” said Shelly Wells, ONA President. “These award recipients are truly changing lives.”
This year’s recipient of the Excellence in the Workplace Award is INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital in Yukon, Oklahoma. INTEGRIS upholds the highest standards in the workplace environment through its effective programming. The facility’s operating pillars and Pathway to Excellence Standards provide safety and quality for patients and caregivers. The proven Nurse shadow program ensures the hiring of the industry’s top nurses. The Council of Nursing Excellence, established in 2012, allows nurses in each department to have a voice in decision making. An overall culture of information sharing increases awareness and focus to safe patient and work practices.
“At INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital we strive to build and provide a culture where nurses feel empowered to use their voice and are engaged in their daily work to improve safety, quality, and caregiver engagement,” said Brandi Stewart, CNO. “We are so fortunate to work with the best nurses in the state and to be part of the INTEGRIS system that prioritizes supporting the nursing profession.”
For more information about ONA or other award winners from the 2020 ONA Annual Convention, visit or call 405-840-3476.