2018 Regional Nightingale Luminary Awards

2018 Regional Nigthingale Luminary Awards

Florence Nightingale would be proud to see the fruits of her labor on display at the March 10th recognition banquet named in her honor! The Double Tree Hotel in Denver was the venue selected this year for the annual event. One hundred and forty -one nominees, family and friends were present to see 24 registered nurses selected as Luminaries who will go on to the Colorado State Nightingale Award Gala to be held at the University of Colorado South Campus in Lone Tree on May 12, 2018.

Nominees were selected in three categories—Leadership. Innovation and Advocacy. Their area of practice was designated as either clinical practice or administration, education or research. These categories reflect the wide scope of practice of nursing today. The following are the 2018 regional awardees from the Denver area:

Kimberly Kassab, Porter Adventist Hospital
Carmencita Lorenzo Lewis, Porter Adventist Hospital
Kristen A. Oster, Porter Adventist Hospital
Kathleen Martinez, Colorado Childrens Hospital
Christine E. Peyton, Colorado Childrens Hospital
Ginenne Sullivan, Colorado Childrens Hospital
Deb Center, Center for Nursing Excellence
Kim Powell, Denver Health
Lauren Cittadino, Swedish Medical Center
Laura-Anne Cleveland, Swedish Medical Center
Victoria Owens, Swedish Medical Center
Natalie Fiore, The Medical Center of Aurora
Andrea Burch, Lutheran Medical Center
Shelly Cannon, Lutheran Medical Center
Kiera Shaffer, Lutheran Medical Center
Karen Kaley, St. Joseph Hospital
Shelly Weber, St. Joseph Hospital
Michelle Deuto, West Pines Behavioral Health
Elyse Bueno, University of Colorado Hospital
Brianna Hoffner, University of Colorado Hospital
Brandi Schimpf, University of Colorado Hospital
Kelly Touhy, University of Colorado Hospital
Stephanie Wong, University of Colorado Hospital
Jessica Anderson, University of Colorado, College of Nursing

Nursing today is a field that offers its practitioners a huge variety of options. Nurses go where the patients are found and provide the care that is necessary for good health. Nowhere is this more evident than at the Nightingale Award events. Whether the nurse is selected as a regional Luminary, a state Nightingale or is simply honored with a nomination from a colleague, the recognition for excellence in Nursing is greatly valued!

Gloria Nussbaum, RN, MSN
Central CO AHEC

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