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Publish Date: 01/07/00
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UC College of Nursing Florence Nightingale Awards

Cincinnati--The Board of Advisors of the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Nursing is seeking nominations for the eighth annual Florence Nightingale Awards for Nursing. Six outstanding registered nurses practicing in the Greater Cincinnati area who provide excellent patient care will be chosen as award winners. Each recipient will receive $1,000 and a commemorative award to be presented at a dinner on April 25 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Finalists will each receive a plaque and a $200 award.

To nominate a nurse, describe in detail why you think this nurse deserves the Florence Nightingale Award and explain the circumstances surrounding the reason for your nomination. Specific examples of direct patient care that qualify the nominee for the award should be given with the nomination. Nurses nominated last year can be nominated again this year. Recipients must be currently licensed as a registered nurse in the Greater Cincinnati area and must demonstrate excellence and caring in direct patient care. The awards are selected by the Board of Advisors of the College of Nursing.

According to Andrea R. Lindell, DNSc, RN, dean of the UC College of Nursing, the board and the college want to recognize the excellence of nurses who deliver the best bedside care. "This is just one way to recognize the nurses who show tenderness and concern, help families meet the stresses caused by prolonged illness, and provide exceptional emotional support," says Lindell. Last year, more than 400 nominations were received and approximately 800 people attended the awards ceremony.

Registered nurses in the Greater Cincinnati area can be nominated by patients, family or friends of patients, colleagues, physicians, and other health care workers. For information or to receive a nomination form, call the UC College of Nursing at 513-558-5317 and give your fax number or mail address. Nominations must be postmarked by March 6, 2000.

"Few people understand the important role nurses play in health care," says Lindell. "In the complexities of modern medicine, highly trained nurses who can provide quality care to patients are essential. But the sympathetic personal care that the nurse gives a patient is even more important. Patients often thrive in the compassionate care they receive from their nurse."

Lois A. Doyle, chair of the awards selection committee and member of the Board of Advisors, adds, "We want those who appreciated the nursing care that they (or someone they love) received to make the nominations. The nominated nurses may have cared for patients in the home, the hospital, nursing homes—wherever registered nurses provide their service."

Members of the Board of Advisors serve on various committees, including the selection committee for the Nightingale Awards. The board consists of civic and business leaders in the Greater Cincinnati community who are interested in recognizing the outstanding contributions of the nursing profession and the UC College of Nursing.

Board members include: Russell L. Ahlbrand, Scott Berding, J. Joseph Bonner, Joseph A. Campanella, Lois A. Doyle, Richard B. Fleming, MD, Sandra E. Laney, Richard G. Miklautsch, Kevin P. O¹Brien, Linda M. Sandefur, Ronald R. Schallick, Frances Friedman Schloss, Gerald L. Von Deylen, Andrea K. Wiot, and Robert P. Wiwi. Emeriti Board of Advisors members include: Warren R. Haug, Cynthia White, and honorary member Clive V. Bennett. Ex-Officio members of the Board of Advisors include: Andrea R. Lindell, Patricia Ragio, Carol Deets, and Susan Kennerly.

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