NAHCR Award Nominations

NAHCR provides the opportunity to recognize individuals that portray outstanding service and achievement in the health care recruitment field. Don't miss out on this opportunity to nominate a fellow member, co-worker or yourself. Click on the links below to learn more or submit your nominations TODAY! (Deadline for submissions to be received: January 31, 2023)

Submit Your Nomination

2020 NAHCR Award Winners


Cindy Fife Scholarship Award

In her essay, Angie shared that she became interested in health care recruitment when one of her early jobs as the Director of Career Services at a medical college allowed her to interact with health care recruiters. When the college closed, she jumped at the chance to change careers, applying for, and getting, a recruiter position at Hancock Regional Health, a non-profit county hospital outside Indianapolis. She attributes much of the success in her career as a health care recruiter to the Indiana Association for Healthcare Recruiting, which has provided her with invaluable resources. She’s now giving back to the chapter by serving as its current President-Elect. ​

Distinguished Member Award

Desiree is a “scrapper”, for those who remember the presentation by 2019 Annual Conference keynote speaker Regina Hartley. In college, she worked as a hospital valet driver to help pay for school, learning on the job how to drive a manual car. She worked her way through various roles at that same hospital before landing in recruitment. She joined her local NAHCR chapter in 2016. Just a few short years later, she’s earned her CHCR and is serving as the President of NAHCR’s Indiana Chapter. She loves educating others, especially high school students, on health care careers. She is passionate about nurturing and growing others and she has a positive attitude that is contagious.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Julie began her career as a registered nurse at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital in 1985 and then worked in various roles in the Columbia area before returning to the beach and what is now Tidelands Health in 2005. As a talent acquisition coordinator, Julie recruits for clinical positions, including nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and more. She also helps coordinate travel nurses, handles licensing and certifications and assists with education.

She's lost count a long time ago of how many professionals she’s recruited to Tidelands Health, but needless to say, it’s a lot. In addition to recruiting talent, Julie has helped improve the hiring process through the years. For example, she helped develop a more streamlined, efficient system for checking references of potential hires that is still in place today.

Julie’s dedication to the field has had an impact on NAHCR as well. Julie has been a NAHCR member since 2008. The hours she has volunteered over the years have been countless. Julie has served on multiple NAHCR teams and for many years on the board in a variety of roles, culminating in her service as president from 2015 to 2017. She led the association through a reinvention that increased membership from both recruiters and vendors.



Cindy Fife Scholarship Award

The Cindy Fife Scholarship Award recognizes individuals who portray what attendance at the NAHCR Annual Conference will do to advance their career, as well as why they are employed in the health care recruitment field. Scholarship recipient will receive a complimentary hotel room and registration for the conference.


  • Must have been in health care recruitment for less than five years and
  • Have never attended a NAHCR Annual Conference

Nomination Process:

  • Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by another NAHCR Member.
  • Nominees must submit an essay not to exceed 1,200 words addressing (i) why they became health care recruiters or what they love about their positions, (ii) how attending the conference would help with their professional development as recruiters; and (iii) what they hope to gain by attending the conference.
    • Self-nominees: Upload the essay as part of the application process
    • Other nominees: Email the essay to [email protected]

Back to top

NAHCR Media Award

The NAHCR Media Award recognizes individuals of the media who most positively portray to the general public contributions made by health care professionals.

Selection Process:
  1. Entries from the media may include but are not limited to: newspapers, magazines, or other written publications, photojournalism, radio, TV, videotapes, film presentations, slide/tape presentations, CDs, Internet, etc.
  2. Entries will be judged on content, plus potential for public education.
  3. Entry must have been written or developed by a member of the media.
Nomination Process:
  1. Entries must have aired or been published between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year. 
  2. Entries may be submitted by NAHCR members, members of the media or the general public.
  3. Entries must communicate to the general public the positive contributions by health care professionals.
  4. Media contributions must have been presented to the general public.
  5. A link to the entry must be provided. 

Back to top

Distinguished Member Award

The NAHCR Distinguished Member Award recognizes individual members for outstanding service to NAHCR and/or exceptional contributions to health care recruitment. 

Nominees must 
  1. Be current members of NAHCR
  2. Meet at least two of the following
    • Demonstrate active participation at the local level through chapter leadership, educational programs or other programs
    • Demonstrate active participation with NAHCR through leadership, special projects, committees or other activities
    • Be seen as a mentor and advocate and looked upon as a model representative of health care recruitment. (This can be at a local or national level or both.)
    • Be a current Certified Health Care Recruiter (CHCR)
Nomination Process:
  1. Any Active NAHCR Member in good standing may nominate candidates for the NAHCR Distinguished Member Award.
  2. Nominations must include a short statement as to the basis for the nomination, i.e., how does the nominee meet the criteria above?
  3. Previous award recipients may be nominated as long as activities for which they are being considered are separate and distinct from those for which they received the previous award.
  4. Sitting (i.e., current) NAHCR board members are not eligible.

Back to top

Lifetime Achievement Award

The NAHCR Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes and honors those who have made lasting and worthwhile contributions to our industry. Winners will be honored at the NAHCR Annual Health Care Recruitment Conference. Winners are also recognized in the Directions newsletter.

Nominees must have:
  1. Maintained an active membership (in any category) in NAHCR for at least 10 years
  2. Served NAHCR as an Officer, Board Member, or Committee/Team Chair
  3. Contributed to NAHCR in ways that were significant and introduced, improved, or sustained NAHCR initiatives, programs, or mission.
Nomination Process:
  1. Any Active NAHCR Member in good standing may nominate candidates for the NAHCR Lifetime Achievement Award.
  2. Nominations must include a short statement as to the basis for the nomination, i.e., how does the nominee meet the criteria above?