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The Nursing Leadership Award:
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udging Criteria for The Nursing Leadership Award:
The table below outlines the criteria used in evaluating websites for this award.  A combined score of 85 or higher is necessary to qualify for the award.  Please keep in mind that only sites pertaining to nursing are eligible for award consideration.  Additionally, websites with content that is adult in nature, is discriminatory, or is derogatory/hateful will be automatically disqualified.  Membership should not be required to view site content.  Site developers must be at least 14 years old.

POINTS
CATEGORY
22
Purpose
14
Site clearly seeks to enhance or support the nursing profession and those called to it.  This can be through mentoring, educating, information sharing, community building, political activism, professional development, technology or support products/systems, or promoting a positive image of the field.
4
Site promotes unity and harmony among nursing professionals, rather than encouraging further divisions.
4
Site has a clear vision for the continued development and growth of the profession and its members; seeks to add value to the field.
20
Content
4
Minimum of 10 pages of content
4
Content includes original material
4
Attention has been paid to the accuracy of information presented, especially concerning information of a medical nature.
4
Minimal spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors
4
Content serves the needs of the intended audience
10
Design
2
Consistent layout throughout the site
2
Use of design elements to facilitate usability and enhance appearance
2
Pleasant color scheme in keeping with the site's theme
2
Backgrounds do not distract from content or render pages unreadable
2
Minimal use of ads, banners, and webrings
10
Graphics
4
Graphics relate to the content of the page
2
Graphics are appropriately sized, so as not to affect load time
2
All graphics are stored on the website's server - no bandwidth stealing
2
Use of flashing, blinking graphics is minimal
4
Interactivity
2
Site makes appropriate use of forms, forums, polls, chat, etc. to encourage interaction
2
Site includes ways to contact owner
10
Technology
2
Scripting is working correctly
2
Site can be viewed correctly using different browsers
2
Site can be viewed correctly on older computers or smaller screen settings
2
Site add-ons (flash, etc.) do not overload older computers
2
Site music can be turned off by visitors
16
Usability
2
Navigation menu is included on each page
2
Site is easy to navigate without using the browser's "back" button
2
Longer pages have a "return to the top" link
2
Site map and/or page descriptions can be accessed onsite
2
Page load time is less than 90 seconds
2
Membership is not required to view content - site should be accessible
2
Information is grouped in a logical manner
2
All links are working
8
Copyrights & Privacy
2
All non-original material and graphics have been appropriately cited
2
Copyright and permission guidelines are included when citing sources
2
Copyrights for original site content are noted, including usage restrictions
2
Privacy policy is stated on site




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