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Publish Date: 02/06/02
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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UC Recognizes Tristate Nursing Excellence

Cincinnati--Registered nurses, throughout the Tristate, have the opportunity to be acknowledged for their outstanding efforts on behalf of patients through nominations for the 10th Annual Florence Nightingale Awards.

"For generations, nurses have worked to provide care, education, and to promote health for patients and families," said Andrea Lindell, RN, MSN, DNSc, dean of the UC College of Nursing. "Florence Nightingale exemplified compassion and caring throughout her life. We want to honor nurses throughout the Tristate who have followed in her footsteps."

The legacy of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) continues through the generations of her family just as it does throughout many other families in the Tristate. Joan Nightingale Fox, the great grand niece of Florence Nightingale, is a retired nurse and Cincinnati resident.

Another family of nurses is that of Mary Beth Laux Vonder Meulen, RN. She is a third-generation nurse working for the UC Department of Family Medicine and has been a nurse for 15 years. Her mother, Ruth Hoffman Laux and grandmother, Florence Rothan Hoffman were both registered nurses in the Cincinnati area. Florence, who worked at Good Samaritan Hospital, was even named after Florence Nightingale.

While Vonder Meulen is proud to be the third generation of nurses in her family, she has also seen the other side of nursing, as a patient at the Mayfield Clinic, where she received care from nurse, Mary Haverbusch, RN.

Last year, Haverbusch won a Board of Advisors Nightingale Award and $1,000. Haverbusch was described as a nurse clinician who "assists her patients in facing some of the most frightening moments of their lives. Her dedication to her profession and compassion for her patients and their families helped make Mary stand out as an embodiment of the beliefs of Florence Nightingale."

"We have all seen generations of caring nurses," Vonder Meulen said. "It is good to see that with efforts such as the Nightingale Awards they are finally getting due consideration and recognition."

Nominations will be accepted from patients, their family and friends, physicians, colleagues and other health care personnel. Nurses that are chosen will receive a commemorative plaque and either a Board of Advisors Award for $1,000 (six will be presented) or a Dean's Award for $400 (10 will be presented). Awards will be presented on April 16 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.

Nominees for the awards must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently be licensed as a registered nurse

  • Be a resident and currently employed in the Greater Cincinnati area

  • Demonstrate excellence in direct patient care.


Nominators are asked to describe in detail the reasons why the nominee deserves a Florence Nightingale Award, citing specific examples of direct patient care.

Nomination forms are available on the College of Nursing Website at or by calling (513) 558-4138. Nominations must be postmarked by March 1. Please submit forms to: Florence Nightingale Awards for Nursing, UC Medical Center, Office of Development-College of Nursing, P.O. Box 670544, Cincinnati, Ohio 45267-0544. For more information, contact the Florence Nightingale Hotline at (513) 558-5824.

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