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The Colorado "academy awards" of nursing--2010 Nightingale.

The 25th annual Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Human Caring, hosted by the Colorado Nurses Foundation (CNF) was held Saturday, May 1, 2010, at the Renaissance Denver Hotel. This annual celebration began in 1986 to honor nurses whose contributions to human caring have gone beyond the cutting edge of the nursing profession. A record number of 381 nurses from around the state were nominated and honored at regional celebrations culminating in the selection of 15 finalists presented at the state event.

The evening began with a silent auction and music by Robert Tate and Tom Severino. Sara Jarrett, President of the Foundation provided greetings and Corinne koehler, Co-Chair of the Event, welcomed everyone. Recognition was given to members of the 1985 Steering Committee by Lola Fehr, event co-chair. Emmajean Amrheim, 2001 finalist, gave the invocation.


Kim Christiansen, 9NEWS, returned as master of ceremonies. Jeffrey C. (Jeff) Bauer, PhD, one of the nation's leading health futurists and medical economists spoke on the topic "Nursing and the Future of Healthcare--A Surprising Forecast".



Each of the finalists was introduced and presented a crystal award of recognition. The fifteen finalists represent 455 years of nursing practice. Nine provide direct patient care, two are managers and four serve in faculty/teaching roles.

The finalists include Debra Burns, Nurse Practitioner, Eagle Care Medical Clinic, Edwards; Carol Corona, Oncology/Hematology Infusion Nurse, Greeley Medical Clinic; Judy Crewell, Faculty, Regis University, Denver; Deborah Devine, Director of Patient Care Services, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora; Darryl Evertsen, Staff Nurse, ICU, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora; karren kowalski, Project Director, The Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, Denver; Cyndy krening, Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, Centura Health, Littleton Adventist Hospital; Susan McNaughton, School Nurse, Denver Public Schools; Eric Miller, Staff Nurse, Centura Health Regional Float Pool ED/ ICU; Elizabeth Pace, Chief Executive Officer, Peer Assistance Services, Inc., Denver; Carole Schoffstall, Professor and Dean Emeritus (Retired), University of Colorado at Colorado Springs/BethEl; Olinda Spitzer, Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Colorado Springs; Tracy Steinberg, Clinical Liver Transplant Coordinator, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora; Eva Tapia, Department Chair, Nursing Programs, Pueblo Community College; and Deborah U-Ren, Staff Nurse, ICU, St. Mary's Hospital, Grand Junction.

The evening culminated with the naming of the six recipients of the Nightingale sculptures. The recipients were Debra Burns, Darryl Evertsen, Karren Kowalski, Cyndy Krening, Carole Schoffstall and Olinda Spitzer

Dr. Jean Watson attended and presented the Finalist and Recipient awards.

The Nightingale event was established as a tribute to professional excellence of Colorado's registered nurses. Nominations for the Nightingale Award are solicited throughout the state in the fall of each year through the Colorado Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) and special Nightingale committees in Colorado Springs and Grand Junction. After nominations are closed the finalist selection process begins. The AHECs and committees select area finalists based on the ratio of nominations to total nominations, assuring statewide representation. The State Selection Committee, consisting of delegates from each area, selects the six recipients from the fifteen finalists. Each area hosts a regional event so that all nominees are honored statewide prior to the May event in Denver.

As the primary fund-raiser for the Colorado Nurses Foundation, the goal of the event is twofold: 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 of increasing demands for nurses as health care becomes available to more of our state's citizens. Including proceeds from last year's event, the Colorado Nurses Foundation awarded 22 scholarships totaling $29,000 in December of 2009.

The 2010 Nightingale Steering Committee members were Corinne koehler and Lola Fehr, CoChairs, Rita Beam, Mirian Bildner, Pam Boehm, Alison Bowers, Judith Burke, vickie Carroll, June Chan, JoAnn Deselms, Mary Pat DeWald, Tonie Galiz, Colleen Goode, Sara Jarrett, David kearns, Anne kelly, kathy koozin, Shelly Limon, Linda Schuyler, Linda Tate, Judie Walker and kris Wenzel. vickie Carroll served as Coordinator of the silent auction.

Nightingale Sponsors

Silver $2,500.00

Colorado Nurses Association

Central Denver AHEC/DenverMetro

Regional Nightingale Committee

Donor Alliance

Johnson and Johnson

Kaiser Permanente

Lola and Red Fehr

Poudre Valley Healthcare Inc.

PVHSM Medical Center of the Rockies

Speedworks Films (2 tables)

St. Mary Corwin Medical Center, Pueblo

Triple B Foundation

Bronze $1,250.00

Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency, Inc.

Avista Adventist Hospital

Centura Health-Penrose St. Francis Healthcare

Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence

Colorado AHEC System

Corinne and Ken Koehler

Littleton Adventist Hospital

Denver Health

Exempla Lutheran Medical Center

Linda Schuyler

National Jewish Hospital

Peer Assistance Services (2 tables)

Porter Adventist Hospital, Denver

Regis University and Rueckert-Hartman College

Sara and Howard Jarrett

St. Mary's Hospital, Grand Junction

The Medical Center of Aurora

University Hospital, Anschutz

Medical Campus (5 tables)

University of Northern Colorado and Zeta

Omicron Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International

Watson Caring Science Institute

2010 Nightingale Finalists


Debra Burns


Carol Corona


Judy Crewell


Deborah DeVine


Darryl Evertsen


Karren Kowalski


Cyndy Krening


Susan McNaughton


Eric Miller


Elizabeth Pace


Carole Schoffstall


Olinda Spitzer


Tracy Steinberg


Eva Tapia


Deborah U-Ren
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Date:Jun 1, 2010
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