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
"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.
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
"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
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.
are asked to describe in detail the reasons why the nominee deserves a
Florence Nightingale Award, citing specific examples of direct patient
Nomination forms are available on the College of Nursing Website at www.nursing.uc.edu
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.