The Nightingale Awards event was founded in 1985 to honor nurses who best exemplify the philosophy and practice of Florence Nightingale, a 19th century nursing pioneer, who epitomized the art of helping people toward their optimal health. This year, the Colorado Nurses Foundation have recognized 15 nurses from throughout the state for their excellence in human caring.
Founded by the University of Colorado School of Nursing to formally acknowledge the profession of nursing, the first Nightingale event was held May 30, 1986. Since 1999, Nightingale has been sponsored by the Colorado Nurses Foundation. Through the years, Nightingale has become the premier event for recognizing nurses for their excellence in human caring. The event also raises funds for scholarships and educational activities for nurses throughout the state.
The Colorado Nurses Foundation will hold the 25th Annual Nightingale Awards ceremony Saturday, May 1 at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver beginning at 5 p.m.
Those chosen for finalists in this year’s Nightingale Awards are as follows:
Debra Elaine Burns, R.N. Eagle Care Medical Clinic, VVMC, Edwards; Carol J. Corona, R.N. Greeley Medical Clinic, Greeley; Judy Crewell, Loretto Heights Scool of Nursing, Regis University, Denver; Deborah A. DeVine R.N. University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora; Darryl Evertsen, R.N. University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora; Karren Kowalski, R.N. Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, Denver; and Cyndy Krening, R.N. Littleton Adventist Hospital, Littleton.
Also nominated are Susan McNaughton, R.N. Denver Public Schools, Denver; Eric David Miller, R.N. Centura Health Regional Float Pool, Englewood; Elizabeth M. Pace, R.N. Peer Assistance Services, Inc., Denver; Carole Schoffstall, R.N. Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Colorado Springs; Olinda P. Spitzer, R.N. Penrose/St. Francis Health Services, Colorado Springs; Tracy Steinberg, R.N. University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora; Eva Tapia, R.N. Pueblo Community College, Pueblo; and Deborah C. U-Ren, R.N. St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand Junction.
Registered nurses throughout the state are nominated by solicitation from the Colorado Area Health Education Centers System (AHEC) and the Colorado Springs Committee in the fall of each year. Each region hosts a local event for nominees. Local event dates are available upon request. Finalists are selected by regions and the State Selection Committee then determines the recipients.
The announcement of the recipients at the gala Nightingale event is a highlight of the evening. Recipients receive a commemorative Nightingale sculpture crafted by Colorado artist Jan Searle-Kubby.
The goal of the Nightingale event is to recognize outstanding Colorado nurses, and raise funds for scholarships and educational activities for nurses throughout the state. For more information, please visit www.cnfound.org.