The Nightingale Award
2012 Nightingale Award
Congratulations to the 39 nurses from across the Centura Health Network who were nominated for a 2012 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Human Caring. Out of the 39, five of our nurses advanced as Luminaries (or finalists) for nursing’s top honor. The Centura Luminaries included Lisa Blackburn, RN (Parker Adventist Hospital, Anne Jensen, RN (Mercy Regional Medical Center), Patty Turner, RN (St. Mary-Corwin), Jennifer Mueller, RN (San-Luis Valley Regional Medical Center), and Monika Wilkins, RN (Lincoln Community Hospital), The 2012 Nightingale Awards were presented by the Colorado Nurses Foundation at an award ceremony on May 19.
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.
Every year, nurses from around Colorado vie for nomination for a coveted Nightingale award. Because of their immense levels of professionalism and service to their field, Centura Health Nurses are consistently among the nominees, finalists and award recipients.
About the Nightingale Awards
The annual awards were created 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.
According to the Colorado Nurses Foundation, the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Human Caring 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". Each year between 200 and 300 nurses are nominated from across Colorado for this award. Only 15 are selected as finalists. From among those 15, six are selected as recipients.
Centura Health is happy to have had 30 Nightingale Honorees working in our hospitals and at Health at Home since the award was established. We wish to celebrate our current Nightingale Honorees and their nursing careers by having them share their thoughts on nursing and what "Excellence in Human Caring" means to them. We hope you'll take the time to read their stories.
"What we are looking for are nurses who have made a difference in their workplace and to their patients. We are looking for experience at the bedside. We are looking for involvement in the nursing community, professional organizations and in their community at large. We are looking for outstanding and well rounded people. We are looking for nurses with a healthy sense of self care and who value their relationships with family and friends. When I've reviewed the packets of the group of nurses being considered for finalist status, I'm often left wondering 'When do these people sleep?'" ~ Linda Schuyler, Event Coordinator, Colorado Nurses Foundation - Nightingale Event
To Learn more about Florence Nightingale, please visit the Website for the Florence Nightingale Museum in London.