Dare to Care: Embodying the Ideals of the Nursing Profession

Since 1994, the University of Utah College of Nursing Alumni Association has hosted Honors for Nursing, a regional celebration of nursing in conjunction with National Nurses Week. In addition to recognizing nurses who will be honored by their peers and grateful patients and patient families, the College of Nursing Alumni Association also presents their Dare to Care Award to a nurse who represents the values of nursing in service to the community. 

Over the years, award recipients have included both individuals and organizations. All were chosen to receive the Dare to Care Award because they embodied the ideals of the nursing profession, however not all have been nurses or nursing organizations. Beginning in 2012, in order to be considered for the Dare to Care Award, a nominee must be a nurse.

Please Note: This is a unique award paying tribute to one individual in recognition of their outstanding contribution to nursing and health care. It is not the individual nurse recognitions.

Selection Criteria

  • A nurse who, through volunteerism, advocacy, or other community work has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the lives of others
  • A nurse who has been an integral part of establishing or growing an organization that reflects the values of nursing

Recipient must be willing to attend Honors for Nursing, be recognized in the program, and consent to allow their likeness to be utilized in promotion of Honors for Nursing.

Nomination Deadline

Print a nomination form here. The nomination deadline for the 2019 Dare to Care Award is February 1, 2019.

Selection Committee 

The Dare to Care Award Selection Committee will review the nominations received and presents the top three nominees to the Alumni Board of Directors for their consideration and vote during their February board meeting. 

Latest News

2015 Dare to Care Award
Feb 01, 2015

2015 Dare to Care Award

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This year's Dare to Care Awardee: Rhonda Miller-Ernest. When Ronda was 12 years of age her mother died from a preventable death. Even though death is imminent at some time in all of our lives, losing a loved one at such a young age left an impression that motivated her to want to help prevent such tragedies when possible. It was this life event that propelled her into choosing Nursing as a career.... Read More

Feb 01, 2014

2014 Dare to Care Award

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2014 Dare to Care Award recipient: Dianne Fuller, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, who established the Salt Lake Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SL SANE), a non-profit organization of nurses providing care and forensic evidence to victims of sexual violence. ... Read More


2019 Dare to Care Award Call for Nominations

Deadline: February 1, 2019Print Nomination Form

2018 Dare to Care Award Winner

University of Utah Health Burn Unit Nurse Alex Wubbels received the Dare to Care Award at the 2018 Honors for Nursing event May 11, 2018.

Read her story here

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