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School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-4253
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-4253
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

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Nightingale Awards

This is more than just a night of professional awards.

With a strong history in tradition, the Oakland University Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence® has applauded the constant advancement of nursing through the work of outstanding professionals.  We come together to honor those who pursue excellence without compromise.  For three decades, this has been a night to acknowledge and strengthen the entire southeastern Michigan nursing community. 

On May 12, 2020, we will gather at the San Marino Club in Troy, Michigan, for a celebration that includes a raffle, seated dinner and award presentation where 10 winners and 10 runners-up will be recognized in a variety of categories.

Proceeds from the event help Oakland University’s School of Nursing to provides scholarships for students and research opportunities for faculty, and to acquire cutting-edge technology and resources that will continue to ensure local access to advanced nursing education. 

Please join us in celebrating and supporting the nursing community.

2020 Nightingale Awards
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
The San Marino Club
1685 East Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

5-6 p.m.  Cash Bar and Hors d'oeuvres
5-7:30 p.m.  Raffle
6:30-8:30 p.m.  Welcome, Dinner and Awards Ceremony

To past winners and runners up, we invite you to support our growing community of honorees by wearing your Nightingale pin during the event.

Questions? Contact us at

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Get Involved

Opportunities to support the continued advancement of the nursing community include Sponsorship, Advertisement in the program booklet, plus Table and Ticket purchases.  No matter what level of involvement you choose, your contribution will help us to carry on our strong tradition of providing opportunities for and empowering the next generation of nurses of southeast Michigan.

Several sponsorship opportunities are available including, but not limited to, Premier Sponsors, Award Sponsors and Specialty Sponsors. For questions, please contact Tanya Griffith by email at or by phone at (248) 364-6120.

Tables and Tickets
Planning to attend? Purchase a table or individual tickets at All tables seat 10 guest comfortably and are priced according to seating placement in proximity to the award presentation stage.

Program Advertising
Ad space is available for purchase in the Nightingale Awards program booklet. For questions, please contact us at


Jackie McIntosh
Director of Philanthropy, School of Nursing
433 Meadow Brook Road, 3058 HHB
Rochester, MI 48309-4452 (248) 364-8725

Nominate a Nurse

The success of the Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence® hinges on the nomination process.

Each year, Oakland University School of Nursing requests your help to identify the most qualified candidates for consideration in a variety of ten different categories. 

This year’s nomination cycle opens on November 1, 2019 and runs through February 1, 2020.

To nominate a nurse, please check back for a link to our new online nomination forms.  For questions regarding a nomination or to request a paper nomination form please email

2019 Winners and Runners Up
Award Winners

Advanced Practice & Nursing Research
Katherine Marie Turner
Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak

Distinguished Alumni
Amy Hamilton
McLaren Oakland

Emerging Leader
Rebecca Sue Avers
McLaren Macomb

Excellence In Education
Donna Seeley
St. Joseph Mercy - Chelsea

Executive Administration
Douglas Dascenzo
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland

Nursing in the Community
Vanessa Mier
Ascension Providence - Southfield

Specialty Nursing
Sara Chung
Beaumont Hospital - Troy

Staff Nurse Practice
Ashley J. Kaake
Karmanos Cancer Center

Staff Nurse Practice
Ibtihal Alghanimi
Harper University Hospital at DMC

People's Choice
Corey Owczarzak
Beaumont Hospital - Troy
Runners Up

Advanced Practice & Nursing Research
Carole Ann Bauer
Beaumont Hospital - Troy

Emerging Leader
Heather Grein
Beaumont - Dearborn


Excellence in Education
Ann DePetris
Ascension Providence

Executive Administration
Maureen Kelly-Nichols
Ascension Providence - Southfield & Novi

Nursing in the Community
Anita Marie Barksdale
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland

Specialty Nursing
Janet Sexton
St. Joseph Mercy - Chelsea

Staff Nurse Practice
Manuela Miron
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland

Staff Nurse Practice
Mark Mayberry
St. Mary Mercy Hospital

People's Choice
Erik Enerson
Reverence Home Health and Hospice


Several sponsorship opportunities are available including, but not limited to, Premier Sponsors, Award Sponsors and Specialty Sponsors. 

To request sponsorship information or for any questions, please contact Jackie McIntosh by email at or by phone at (248) 364-8723.

No matter what level of involvement you choose, we thank you in advance for your support.

Thank you to our current 2019 sponsors, listed below:

Sponsor LevelOrganization
PresentingAscension Michigan
GoldSt. Joseph Mercy Health System
SilverBeaumont Health
SilverDetroit Medical Center
BronzeMcLaren Oakland/McLaren Macomb
BronzeOgletree Deakins PLLC
BronzeBusche Performance Group
BronzePriority Health
BronzeBarnes & Thornburg LLP
BronzeFoley & Lardner LLP
BronzeHenry Ford Health System
BronzeJ & B Medical Supply
BronzeMerrill Lynch
People's Choice AwardOakland University Credit Union
Advanced Practice and Research AwardMichigan Council of Nurse Practitioners
Excellence in EducationHenry Ford Health System
Nursing in CommunityHeart Cardiology Consultants, PC
Post-Acute Care & SpecialtyAmeriCare Medical, Inc.
Staff Nurse 2McLaren Oakland
ScholarshipWarner Norcorss + Judd
ScholarshipOakland University Credit Union