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The Colorado "Academy Awards" of Nursing--2009 Nightingale.

The 24th Annual Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Human Caring, hosted by the Colorado Nurses Foundation (CNF), was held Saturday, May 9, 2009 at the Renaissance Denver Hotel with 550 in attendance. The evening began with a gala Silent Auction of over 200 items. During the reception and silent auction, professional musicians Robert L. Tate and Tom Severino provided music on the grand piano and bass. The program started at 7 pm with Greetings from Sara Jarrett, President of the Colorado Nurses Foundation and a Welcome from David Kearns, Chair of the Event. Carolyn Fricke, 2008 Finalist, gave the Invocation.


Kim Christiansen, 9NEWS, returned as master of ceremonies and introduced each of the 15 finalists as they received their crystal award. Of the fifteen 2009 Finalists, six practice in direct patient care provider roles, six in managerial or administrative roles and three in educator roles. They have a combined total of 453 years in nursing practice! Kate McCord, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at Penrose St. Francis Health Systems in Colorado Springs gave a special presentation "Nightingale--Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow".


The grand finale of the evening was the announcement of the six recipients of the Nightingale Award: Jane Foster, Clinical Director, Quality Health Network, Grand Junction; Kiska May, Nursing Education and Training Instructor-Retired, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Denver; Mary McMahon, Director of Perinatal Services, Memorial Health System, Colorado Springs; Sharon Pappas, Chief Nursing Officer, Porter Adventist Hospital, Denver; Editha A. Pasion, Staff Nurse, Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver; Susan M. west, Assistant Vice Chancellor, University of Colorado Self-Insurance and Risk Management Trust & Director University of Colorado Hospital Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety, Medical Staff and Infection Control, Aurora.







In addition to the six recipients, the 2009 Nightingale Finalists include Kathy Bunzli, Clinical Nurse Educator, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora; Susan Fagerlund, Patient Navigator, North Colorado Medical Center, Greeley; Cindy McCauley, Staff Nurse/Clinical Educator, Poudre Valley Hospital, Fort Collins; Jeanne Nicholson, County Commissioner, Gilpin County, Black Hawk; Amiee Orf, Staff Nurse, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora; Marylou V. Robinson, Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Colorado at Denver College of Nursing, Aurora; Dawn Sculco, Clinical Nurse Specialist, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, Frisco; Leona Tiffany, Volunteer/Retired, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, Pueblo and Carla Cooper weeks, Director of Home Care, Jewish Family Services of Colorado, Denver.

Dr. Jean watson attended and presented the Finalist and Recipient Awards.

The Nightingale Event was established in 1985 as a tribute to the professional excellence of Colorado's registered nurses. The Nightingale Award was conceived to honor nurses whose contributions to human caring have gone beyond the cutting edge of the nursing profession.

Nominations of nurses for the Nightingale Award are solicited throughout the state in the fall of each year through the Colorado Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) System and the Colorado Springs and Western Slope Committees. After the nominations have closed, the finalist selection process begins. The AHECs select their own finalists based on the number of nominations from their area of the state. This insures fair representation of finalists across the state. The State Selection Committee, consisting of delegates from each area, selects the six recipients from the fifteen finalists.










Two-hundred eighty four nurses throughout the state of Colorado were nominated for the 2009 award. Each AHEC and Colorado Springs hosted a regional event where nominees were recognized prior to the May 9 event.

As the primary fundraiser for the Colorado Nurses Foundation, the goal of the event is two-fold: 1) to recognize outstanding Colorado nurses for their excellence in human caring, and 2) to raise funds for scholarships for nursing education in a time when there is a critical shortage of nurses. Including proceeds from last year's event, the Colorado Nurses Foundation awarded 34 scholarships totaling $53,250 in December 2008.

Members of the Steering Committee were: David kearns, 2009 Event Chair, Rita Beam, Mirian Bildner, Pam Boehm, Alison Bowers, Judith Burke, Vickie Carroll, JoAnn Deselms, Tonie Galiz, Sara Jarrett, Pam kearns, Ann Kelly, Suze Ketchum, Corinne Koehler, Charlotte LeDonne, Shelly Limon, Joyce Vernon, Kris Wenzel, and Jo ZumBrunnen. Linda Schuyler serves as Nightingale Event Coordinator and Vicki Carroll serves as Silent Auction Coordinator.

Nightingale Sponsors

SILVER $2500.00

Banner Health North Colorado Medical Center

"Central Colorado AHEC/Denver Metro

Regional Nightingale Committee"

Colorado Nurses Association

Donor Alliance Inc.

Johnson & Johnson

Lola & Red Fehr

PVHS-Medical Center of the Rockies

PVHS-Poudre Valley Hospital

St. Anthony Hospital Central--Centura (2 Silver Tables)

BRONZE $1250.00

Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency, Inc.

Avista Adventist Hospital--Centura

Colorado AHEC System

Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence

Denver Health

Exempla Lutheran Medical Center

Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital

Lola & Red Fehr

"Health One-Rose Medical Center &

The Medical Center of Aurora"

Sara & Howard Jarrett

Kaiser Permanente

Corinne & Ken Koehler

"Drs. Richard & Mary Krugman and

Dr. Joel & Frieda Levine"

Littleton Adventist Hospital--Centura

Memorial Health System--Centura

Metro Denver Oncology Nursing Society

National Jewish Health

Peer Assistance Services, Inc.

Porter Adventist Hospital-Centura

PVHS-Poudre Valley Hospital

"Regis University, Rueckert-Hartman

College for Health Professions"

Linda Schuyler

St. Anthony Summit Medical Center--Centura

The Childrens Hospital (2 Bronze Tables)

"Univerity of Northern Colorado

School of Nursing & Zeta

Omicron Chapter STTI"

University of Colorado Hospital (4 Bronze Tables)

VA-Eastern Colorado Healthcare System

"Jean Watson & Watson Caring Science Institute"
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Title Annotation:Colorado Nurses Foundation's 24th Annual Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Human Caring
Publication:Colorado Nurse
Geographic Code:1U8CO
Date:Jun 1, 2009
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