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The District 6 Colorado Nurses Association and the SLV AH EC hosted the 14th SLV Nightingale Event on February 16th at Adams State University. Reina Chacon, Monica Hinds, Zina Horton, Laura Lewis, Misty Palacios, Patricia Robertson, Vivian Rodriguez, Leroy Romero, T.J. Salazar, Lou Ann Cheslock Skinner and Nadia Yanez were recognized for their commitment to their patients and providing excellent nursing care. Vivian Rodriguez, SLV Health, Lou Ann Cheslock Skinner, Valley Wide Health Systems and Nadia Yanez, Valley Wide Health Systems, were selected as luminaries for the statewide event in Denver on May 12, 2018.

Angie Medina, faculty at Trinidad State Junior College, Valley Campus, was nominated by President Dr. Simone to receive the inaugural Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty recognition by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). She will be highlighted for the difference she is making in the lives of students at the 2018 Annual Convention to be held in Dallas, Texas from April 28--May 1, 2018. Nominees for the faculty distinction recognition should: Demonstrate passion for the students and the classroom, show willingness to support students, inside and outside of the classroom, be inclined to participate in college committees, and go above and beyond what is required to ensure that students are successful in their academic endeavors. Dr. Simone stated "Your work with our students is first class and, from my experience, you have always been willing to pitch in as a valuable team member. You are very deserving of this recognition." Join us in celebrating this honor for Angie!

It is with great sadness that DNA 6 reports the loss of Louise Sowards, RN, BSN, MSN. Louise was an active member of DNA 6 and her community in the San Luis Valley. Louise loved nursing in various roles and facilities in the San Luis Valley throughout her nursing career. She also loved teaching nursing at numerous institutions over the years and directed the Trinidad State Junior College nursing program from 2009-2012. Louise inspired her daughter Jodi to become a nurse, and Jodi now directs the TSJC Valley Campus nursing program. Thank you Louise for the many patients, students and nurses you have mentored and guided over the years.

For information, call Charlotte Ledonne, nurse coordinator with the San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center at or 719-589-4977.

Charlotte Ledonne, RN, BSN, MA, LPC President DNA

Caption: Angie Medina, DNA 6 Member

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Title Annotation:District & Special Interest Group Reports
Author:Ledonne, Charlotte
Publication:Colorado Nurse
Date:May 1, 2018
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