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Publish Date: 04/01/02
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Recipients of the 2002 Nightingale Awards Announced

Cincinnati--The 10th Annual Florence Nightingale Awards ceremony, recognizing 16 Tristate nurses for their contributions to nursing and their outstanding efforts on behalf of patients, will be held April 16 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.

"Around the country, as well as within Cincinnati, we are experiencing an alarming shortage of nurses," says Andrea Lindell, RN, MSN, DNSc, dean of the College of Nursing. "We believe it is important to honor our nurses for all the hard work, dedication and compassion they show. On behalf of the UC College of Nursing and the Board of Advisors, I would like to thank all the nominees and award recipients for their extraordinary efforts in patient care."

This year, six nurses will receive the Florence Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing, Board of Advisors Award, including a bronze bust of Florence Nightingale and a $1,000 monetary award. Ten nurses were also chosen as finalists and will receive the Dean's Award, including a plaque and a $400 award.

2002 Nightingale Board of Advisors Award Recipients

$1,000 and a bronze bust of Florence Nightingale

Norah Bertschy
Cincinnati Health Department/School Nurse


Amy Coldiron
Interim Health Care


Diane Crabtree
Deaconess Hospital


Cindy Lewis
St. Elizabeth Medical Center


Marie Monaco
Children's Hospital Medical Center


Debbie Richie
University Hospital/Health Alliance

2002 Nightingale Dean's Award Recipients

$400 and a commemorative plaque

Maren Bubnick
Ft. Hamilton Hospital/Health Alliance
Helen Curless
St. Luke Hospital/Health Alliance
Natalie Flowers
Cincinnati Health Department/School Nurse
Chris Klein
Mercy Health Partners
Sue Nickoson
Good Samaritan Hospital/TriHealth
Bonnie Pettit
Office of Dr. Peter Sheng
Connie Rainey
Drake Center
Dennis Schmidt
University Air Care/Health Alliance
Lynne Teismann
Edenview Adult Day Care
Leslie Wooten
The University Hospital/Health Alliance

The UC College of Nursing Board of Advisors Selection Committee chose the six winners and 10 finalists from more than 325 nominations to be considered for the Florence Nightingale Awards. The board consists of civic and business leaders in the Greater Cincinnati community who are interested in recognizing the excellent contributions of nurses and the importance of the UC College of Nursing programs.

In order to receive the Nightingale Awards nominees had to meet the following criteria:

  • Currently be licensed as a registered nurse (RN)
  • Be a resident and currently employed in the Greater Cincinnati area
  • Demonstrate excellence in direct patient care


The awards ceremony will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom, followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m. Dayna Eubanks, WKRC-TV news anchor, will serve as the keynote speaker and mistress of ceremonies. For event information, call the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at (513) 558-4138.

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