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The Colorado Nurses Foundation is pleased to present the 30th Nightingale Luminary Award Nominees and Recipients.

On Saturday May 9, 2015, the 2015 Nightingale Awards Event was held at the Renaissance Denver Hotel to honor forty-six registered nurses who had previously been selected as the 2015 Luminaries. In keeping with the mission of the Colorado Nurses Foundation, the Nightingale Luminary Event focused on recognition of nurses who have demonstrated outcomes that improve patient care and the environment in which healthcare is delivered in Colorado. These Luminaries represented the necessary diversity in nursing practice that is required to achieve quality care. They were selected from across Colorado by regional AHEC's and local committees. Local community celebrations were held honoring all nominees. The Luminaries represented two categories of nursing practice, each evaluated on three professional aspects of nursing practice (Advocacy, Leadership, Innovation):

Administration, Education, Research and Non-Traditional Practice Roles

Clinical Practice/Direct Patient Care

Each of the Luminaries was a potential recipient of the prestigious Nightingale Award.

The 2015 Nightingale Luminary theme of "Excellence in Nursing Professional Engagement & Citizenship" reflects the Colorado Nurses Foundation (CNF) Strategic Initiative to reframe the profession of nursing and the professional engagement of nurses. CNF hopes that this new approach will allow for expanded recognition of nursing excellence in Colorado.

2015 LUMINARIES

CLINICAL PRACTICE

Enid Acosta-Leisenring, ADN, RN, Cortez. Enid is a RN and Deputized Coroner at Hospice of Montezuma, Inc. She is nominated for her insightful and tenacious nursing leadership.

Ruth Archuleta, ADN, RN, Alamosa. Ruth is nurse at San Luis Valley Health-Regional Medical Center. She is nominated for her unconditional dedication and advocacy for her patients.

Pamela Assid, DNP, RN, CEN, CPEN, NEA-BC, Colorado Springs. Pamela is Clinical Manager of the St Francis Medical Center Emergency Department. She is nominated for her innovative leadership of the emergency department.

Lillian Bostrom, ADN, RN, ONC, CNOR, CRNFA, Cortez. Lillian is a certified Registered Nurse First Assistant at Southwest Memorial Hospital. She is nominated for her five decades of leadership, advocacy and innovation in the peri-operative setting.

Kathleen Butler, BSN, RN, Aurora. Kathleen is the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program Coordinator at Children's Hospital Colorado. She is nominated for her innovation and leadership in developing and sustaining the ECMO program.

Virginia Chacon, MSN, RNC, Pueblo. Virginia is a RN/Case Manager at the VA-Home Based Primary Care Program. She is nominated for her long-term leadership and advocacy promoting the health of veterans, through her professional involvement and internationally through mission work.

Laurel Chiaramonte, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, Colorado Springs. Major Chiaramonte is the lead officer of the United States Air Force Academy's Internal Medicine Clinic. She is nominated for her leadership in the delivery of health care for 15,000 patients in the clinic.

Wendy DeWeerd, ADN, RN, is the Director of Nursing at Aspen House Memory Care Assisted Living. She is nominated for her tireless advocacy for her patients and families promoting person-centered care.

Andrea Griego, ADN, RNC-OB, Alamosa. Andrea is a Registered Nurse at San Luis Valley Health. She is nominated for her innovation and leadership in providing outstanding obstetrical nursing care to those in the San Luis Valley.

Patricia Head, MSN, RN, FNP, Pueblo. Patricia is a Nurse Practitioner at the Pueblo Community Living Center of the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is nominated for her advocacy for her patients, using innovative treatments that improve the quality of life and reduces anxiety issues.

John Himberger, MSN, RN, ACHPN, FNPC, Colorado Springs. John is a Palliative Medicine Nurse Practitioner at Memorial Hospital -University of Colorado Health. He is nominated for his advocacy in developing a palliative medicine program and improving the lives of the patients with whom he comes in contact.

Camille Hodapp, MSN, RN, NNP, Pueblo. Camille is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner with the Pediatrix Medical Group at Parkview Medical Center. Camille is nominated for her leadership in providing community education about the impact of maternal opioid and other substance misuse in pregnancy on newborn outcomes.

Karen Jones, MS, RNC-NIC, Aurora. Karen is a Clinical Coordinator at Children's Hospital Colorado. Karen is nominated for her innovation in providing advanced supportive care for patients and their families needing end of life as well as palliative care.

Jeanette Martinez, ADN, RN, Fort Morgan. Jeanette is a Clinical RN in labor and delivery at Colorado Plains Medical Center. She is nominated for her leadership in clinical practice. An excellent clinician, Jeanette exemplifies high quality patient care.

Lindsey McMenimen, BSN, RN, BMTCN, Aurora. Lindsey is the Charge Nurse for the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at University of Colorado Hospital. She is nominated for her leadership in the Bone Marrow Infusion Center where she has improved workflow, communication between providers, patient care coordination and staff education.

Ian Neff, BSN, RN, OCN, Aurora. Ian is a Permanent Charge Nurse on the Oncology/BMT Unit at The University of Colorado Hospital. Ian is nominated for his patient advocacy. Ian's specialized focus of research and practice centers on the lack of patient assessment of sexual health in the oncology population.

Jackie Nishiya, BSN, RN, CEN, Grand Junction. Jackie is a RN in the Emergency Department of Community Hospital. Jackie is nominated for her advocacy in developing Code Blue education and protocols for improving outcomes in patient care.

Misty Palacios, ADN, RN, Center. Misty is the Nurse Lead for Family Practice at SLV Health. She is nominated for her leadership in the clinic setting. She is creative and supportive in her nursing role and exhibits what it means to provide excellent patient care every day for every patient.

Don Ranus, BSN, RN, Grand Junction. Don is Clinical Nurse Manager for the Medical Unit at St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center. He is nominated for his leadership in creating a positive workplace dynamic with a shared vision of quality patient care.

Mary Jo Seiter, BSN, RN, CEN, Durango. Mary Jo is Director of Durango Mountain Resort Urgent Care and Team Leader in the ED at Mercy Regional Medical Center. She is nominated for her advocacy in providing health care services to her community.

Brent Walker, BSN, RN, OCN, Grand Junction. Brent is a RN on the Acute Oncology Unit of St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center. He is nominated for his innovation in developing chemotherapy guidelines and protocols and educating fellow nurses about them.

Carol Wallman, DNP, RN, APRN, NNP BC, Aurora. Carol is the Lead NNP Education Coordinator at the Children's Hospital Colorado. She is nominated for her advocacy of advanced practice nursing.

Abbi-Lynn Washington, MS, RN, APRN, CCRN, CVRN-BC, Lakewood. Abbi-Lynn is the Assistant Nurse Manager in the Cardiac ICU at St. Anthony Hospital. She is nominated for her leadership in promoting excellence in cardiac critical care.

ADMINISTRATOR, EDUCATOR, RESEARCHER, OR NON-TRADITIONAL ROLES

Allie Anderson, BSN, RN, SANE, Durango. Allie is employed at San Juan Basin Health Department and Mercy Regional Medical Center. She works as a Nurse Family Partnership Nurse Home Visitor and is a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). She is nominated for her advocacy in initiating, coordinating, and improving the response for sexual assault victims in the 6th Judicial District.

Marisa Atencio ADN, RN, Alamosa. Marisa is the Assistant Director of Nursing at Valley-Wide Health Systems. She is nominated for her leadership. She inspires and motivates to develop positive nursing outcomes.

Beth Brown MSN, RN CHPN, Grand Junction. Beth is the Education and Clinical Mentor at Hope West in Grand Junction. She is nominated for her ability to advocate for her staff and patients on a consistent, everyday basis.

Amy Dreher BSN, RN, MPH, AE-C, Palmer Lake. Amy is a School Nurse for Falcon School District # 49. She is nominated for her innovation and commitment as a school nurse and as a member of the Tri State Lakes Shelter Team as a Red Cross Nurse for the Pikes Peak Region.

Kathleen Drozda BSN, RN, Westminster. Kathleen is the Faith Community Nurse Coordinator at St. Anthony North Health Campus. She is nominated for her commitment to advocacy. Kathleen founded, developed and sustained Growing Home, an anti-poverty organization, that feeds families, houses the homeless and helps children succeed.

Cindy Eller MN, RN, Colorado Springs. Cindy is a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Women's Services for Memorial Hospital a part of University of Colorado Health. She is nominated for her research and leadership in assessing newborns for potential cardiac disease.

Susan Giebel MBA, BSN, RN, Pueblo. Susan is the Lead Clinical Emergency Department Nurse at Parkview Medical Center. She is nominated for her leadership in providing quality emergency care, while promoting team work and accountability.

Brian Hallisey BSN, RN, the RN/ Clinical Quality Specialist at University of Colorado Health-Poudre Valley Hospital. He is nominated for his innovation in serving as an electronic health records specialist.

Meghan Higman BSN, RN, Cortez. Meghan is Education Coordinator for Southwest Memorial Hospital. She is nominated for her leadership in implementing a new electronic medical records system.

Courtney Kasun, MNSc, RN CHPN, Fruita. Courtney is an Assistant Professor at Colorado Mesa University, Moss School of Nursing. She is nominated for the innovative use of technology in her classes.

Cheryl Krause-Parello PhD, RN, Aurora. Cheryl is an Associate Professor and Director, C- P.A.W.W. Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors, University of Colorado, College of Nursing. She is nominated for her advocacy efforts on behalf of military veterans.

Mary Beth Flynn Makic, PhD, RN, CNS, CCNS, CCRN, FAAN, Aurora. Mary Beth is a Research Nurse Scientist and Associate Professor, University of Colorado Hospital and College of Nursing. She is nominated for her innovation in research and promoting evidence based practice.

Kelly McIntosh, BSN, RN, Associate Nurse Manager at University of Colorado Hospital. She is nominated for her innovation in improving patient and staff satisfaction in the critical care environment.

Julie Ramstetter, BSN, RN, Alamosa. Julie is the Trauma Nurse Coordinator at San Luis Valley Health. She is nominated for her innovation and creativity in addressing challenges of patient care within the areas of emergency nursing.

Denise Root, MSN, RN, La Junta. Denise is the Director of Nursing and Health Occupation Programs at Otero Junior College. She is nominated for her innovation in developing a successful, nontraditional nursing program.

Laura Rosenthal, DNP, RN, ACNP, Aurora. Laura is Faculty/Hospitalist at University of Colorado College of Nursing. Laura was nominated for her leadership in advancing the role of acute care nurse practitioners through developing a Post Master's certificate and a full masters program for acute care nurse practitioners and created a nurse practitioner Hospitalist fellowship.

Danielle Schloffman, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Aurora. Danielle is Magnet Program Director, University of Colorado Hospital. Danielle was nominated for her leadership in guiding UCH for their fourth Magnet re-designation.

Stacie Schreiner, MSN, RN, CPN, Fruita. Stacie is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Colorado Mesa University. She is nominated for her educational leadership in creating student experiences that reflect the challenges and rewards of today's nurse.

Colleen Sullivan-Moore, MS, RN, Pagosa Springs. Colleen is the Women's Service Oncology Nurse Navigator at the Pagosa Springs Medical Center. She is nominated for her innovative approach in caring for breast cancer patients by creating a Patient Navigator Acuity Monograph (Tool) that identifies distress and overcomes barriers to treatment.

Teresa Tibbs, AAN, RN, CRRN, Pueblo. Terri is the Clinical Coordinator of the Parkview Mobile Nurses at Parkview Medical Center. She is nominated for her advocacy for the underserved in her area. In three years the mobile nurse program has quadrupled in size.

Cynthia Wacker, MSN/Ed, RN, FCN, Colorado Springs. Cynthia is the Community Outreach Coordinator for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. She is nominated for her advocacy in developing and implementing Neighborhood Nurse Centers and developing strong community partnerships which the Magnet Recognition Program identified as a "National Exemplar".

Vicki Wilson, PhD, RN, Greeley. Vicki is Professor of Nursing at University of Northern Colorado. She is nominated for her advocacy in establishing partnerships with community agencies and other health care providers to establish an innovative model to expand healthcare services to the underserved.

Jill Zamzow, MS, RN-BC, Fort Collins. Jill is Nurse Manager at University of Colorado Health, Poudre Valley Hospital. She is nominated for her leadership. She empowers others and inspires them to grow. She actively seeks opportunities to grow as a professional.

Caption: Congratulations to 2015 Nightingale Recipients presented by Dr. Sara Jarrett, CNF President as Emcee Courtney Thomas looks on. Pamela Assid, Lindsey McMenimen, Denise Root, Laura Rosenthal, Carol Wallman and Vicki Wilson.
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