CINCINNATI—The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Nursing will honor hundreds of area nurses, giving special recognition to six, at the 23rd annual Florence Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing Wednesday, April 22, at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.
The six awardees—selected by the UC College of Nursing’s Board of Advisors—will each receive $1,000 and a commemorative award.
This year’s event is sponsored by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
The 2015 Nightingale Award winners are:
Penny Bowden, Cincinnati Children’s
A home care visiting nurse, Penny Bowden embodies the professionalism and patience necessary in a field that requires nurses to treat a broad range of patients in a variety of conditions. Bowden is praised for her willingness to go the extra mile for both her patients and her fellow nurses, and has consistently demonstrated this through her work and her interactions with peers.
Jean Ann "Jeanie” Foley, St. Elizabeth Health Care
Program manager for the cardiovascular mobile health unit, Jean Ann "Jeanie” Foley has played a major role in increasing the availability of cardiovascular screenings in our community. Under her direction, the unit offered 100 free educational events in 2014, expanded its reach into outlying counties, and provided 4,949 screenings. Foley’s creativity, flexibility, knowledge and accountability have helped drive the expansion of the mobile unit’s efforts to combat heart disease.
Jason Huff, UC Medical Center
Praised for his organization, respect and leadership in his role as clinical director of transplant services, Jason Huff has helped establish policies that empower his nurses to work more effectively and ensure that patients are receiving the best care possible. The holder of a bachelor’s of science nursing and master’s in nursing management, Huff is currently pursuing a doctor of nursing practice at the University of Southern Indiana.
Ashley Lautar, Christ Hospital Health Network
Ashley Lautar is a leader on Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) and her advocacy for hospitalized older adults has resulted in countless significant contributions including a two-day reduction in stay, reduced 30-day re-admissions and near elimination of falls. She is dedicated to improving the nursing care for individuals, families and communities and it is shown by her collaboration with peers and respect for patients. Ashley holds a bachelor’s of science in nursing from Xavier University and master’s in nursing from Northern Kentucky University.
Vicki Riddle, Christ Hospital Health Network
Dedicating her entire career to the Christ Hospital Health Network, Vicki Riddle has positively impacted the lives of thousands of patients, families, nurses and physicians in immeasurable ways. Through 37 years as a registered nurse, and in her current leadership role of the Medial ICU, Vicki is often described with the analogy of a mother’s love—committed, unwavering, kind, caring, tough, honest, direct, dedicated, non-judgmental, immeasurable and many times unappreciated for the true value in a person’s life.
Noel Smith, Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
With nearly 20 years of service at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Noel Smith is known throughout the facility for his high standards, unfaltering work ethic, nursing expertise, professionalism and dedication to delivering the highest quality health care for our veterans. His respect for his patients and their service goes beyond all expectations. Smith is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s of science in nursing and serves as chair of the Falls/Restraints Committee and is an active member of several other committees and councils.