This year, the College of Nursing celebrates 40 years of excellence at the University of Central Florida. The first class of Knight nurses began in the fall of 1979 and we are now over 11,000 alumni strong. In light of this milestone, the college will honor 40 alumni through our Noble Knight Nurse Awards program. Award nominees and recipients will be recognized at our 40th Anniversary Gala, May 16, 2020 in Orlando. Applicants and recipients of these awards exemplify remarkable work in the field of nursing in one of six categories listed below.


The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, November 15. Questions? Contact [email protected].



General Eligibility and Criteria


  • Must be a graduate of the UCF College of Nursing
  • Must have a record of distinguished professional achievement and/or exceptional leadership in the field of nursing.
  • Must reflect the college’s values of excellence, innovation, integrity, compassion, service and community.
  • Preference will be given to alumni/students with direct and meaningful involvement with the UCF College of Nursing and UCF Alumni.
  • Self-nominations will be accepted.


Ability to accept the award in person at the 4oth Anniversary Gala on Saturday, May 16 is highly encouraged.


This award recognizes nursing educators and/or faculty for sharing knowledge, creating and cultivating an environment that supports life-long learning, using innovative teaching strategies, utilizing evidence-based practice in clinical areas, and focusing on scholarly research and dissemination within clinical settings.

This award recognizes nurses for generating new knowledge and innovations and disseminating research findings for use in nursing practice, education, development of patient / caregiver materials, lecturing, leadership, and advancing the profession of nursing.

This award recognizes nurses for participation in local, national, or global volunteer work, community outreach activities, and military service that promotes global health and addresses disparities.

This award recognizes nurses across practice levels and sites for clinical excellence, superior skills, and providing high quality, compassionate care.

This award recognizes nurses for outstanding leadership, mentorship, and professionalism while creating an environment that fosters compassionate care and inspires nurses to strive for excellence.

Charge On
This award recognizes nurses for elevating the profession to new and extraordinary heights by using unique skillsets to implement creative or entrepreneurial ideas that advance nursing beyond the bedside.