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."
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.
(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
"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
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."
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.