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Publish Date: 01/29/01
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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UC Honors Tristate Nurses in Ninth Annual Nightingale Awards

Cincinnati--Tristate nurses have an opportunity to be acknowledged for outstanding patient care through nominations for the Ninth Annual Florence Nightingale Excellence in Nursing Awards.

"Nurses act as patient care providers, patient advocates, care coordinators and often are the patient and families' access to physicians and other health care providers," said Andrea Lindell, RN, MSN, DNSc, dean of the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Nursing. "Nurses account for two-thirds of all health care professionals in the United States, and we should acknowledge more of their accomplishments."

This year, the Florence Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing comprise six nurses who will be chosen as recipients of the Board of Advisors Award, receiving a commemorative plaque and a $1,000 monetary award. An additional 10 nurses will be chosen as finalists, receiving the Dean's Award plaque and a $400 award.

"Just as Florence Nightingale exemplified compassion and caring throughout her life, so the Nightingale Awards honor excellence in the delivery of direct patient care today," said Donald Harrison, MD, senior vice president and provost for health affairs at UC.

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), recognized as the matriarch of modern nursing, was an advocate for health care safety and the improvement of quality nurse practitioners. Today her memory continues with her great grand niece, Joan Nightingale Fox. Fox, a retired nurse and Cincinnatian, donated a bust of Florence Nightingale and $100,000 to the UC College of Nursing in 1994.

"The award promotes nursing as a profession by rewarding current nurses. It also helps young people see that nursing is a worthwhile profession," Lindell said.

The Board of Advisors of the UC College of Nursing invites nominations for registered nurses to be considered 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 nurses and the UC College of Nursing programs.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate excellence in direct patient care (nominator must cite specific examples)
  • Be a currently licensed Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Reside and work in the Greater Cincinnati region

 

Patients, the families and friends of patients, colleagues, physicians and other health care workers are encouraged to nominate outstanding nurses. "Nurses deserve recognition for their efforts on behalf of patients," Lindell said. "They provide an invaluable service by caring for patients at the bedside and assisting families in helping to care for their loved ones. This annual award is our 'spotlight' on nurses."

An individual may nominate more than one nurse and nurses previously nominated may be re-nominated each year. Nominations must be received or postmarked by Monday, March 5, 2001. For a nomination form or more information, call the Nightingale Hotline at (513) 558-5803. Nomination forms are also available by mail or online at www.nursing.uc.edu. The award ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.



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