Nicole Dockery, MSN, RN, NE-BC, of Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital was announced as a finalist of the Virginia Nurses Foundation’s (VNF) 2019 Leadership Excellence Award in Nurse Manager/Director category.

Dockery was recognized on Sept. 21 at the VNF Gala, an annual event honoring the exceptional work of registered nurses across the commonwealth.

“Nicole is so deserving of this great achievement as a nursing leader,” said Sherri Bee, MSN, RN, NE-BC, director of cardiovascular services and quality at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital. “She consistently seeks opportunities for professional nursing practice within the organization and strives to reward nursing staff for providing quality, patient-centered care.”

Leadership Excellence Awards honor registered nurses at all levels of the profession who demonstrate outstanding leadership and make a difference in the lives of patients.

“Finalists of this award truly embody the spirit of what it means to be a nurse leader. They are compassionate, driven and determined to positively impact the nursing profession. They see a need for improvement in their community and go above and beyond to deliver lasting results. Whether they are long into their nursing career or newly graduated, these individuals are creating innovative patient solutions that will shape the nursing practice for years to come,” said VNF president Terris Kennedy.