CINCINNATI - As a flight nurse Diana Deimling has saved countless lives, though given her unaffected modesty, you’d never know it by talking to her. She epitomizes excellence...I have difficulty conceiving that a more skilled flight nurse exists in the world.
This is only a portion of the description William Hinckley, MD, with the UC department of emergency medicine, presented the UC College of Nursing’s nomination committee in hopes that Deimling—a University Hospital Air Care & Mobile Care nurse—would be recognized at the 17th annual Florence Nightingale Awards for Nursing.
And she was, as one of six top award winners recognized at an April 22 ceremony at the Hyatt Regency, where Nightingale winners were presented a bronze bust of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, and $1,000. Ten finalists were also honored with Dean’s Awards at the event and were presented a plaque and $400.
“The critical work of a caring nurse requires a commitment and provision of health care to people which is first and foremost,” says Dean Andrea Lindell, adding “the one-on-one interaction between a health care provider and a patient that signifies the true essence of patient care.”
Each year, the UC College of Nursing’s Board of Advisors pores over hundreds of nominations from all over the Greater Cincinnati area to determine who will win one of the 16 coveted awards. This year the board deliberated over 244 nominations.
Another University Hospital nurse to be recognized was Charlotte Theile, who received the Dean’s Award.
Nightingale Award winners:
Tamara Bryant, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Linda Danko, Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Diana Deimling, University Hospital
Amy Kolbinsky, Cincinnati Health Department
Becky Miars, Caregivers Health Network
Mary Reddington, Hamilton County Board of Mental Retardation
Dean’s Award winners:
Brain Burkhardt, St. Luke Vascular Institute
Cindy Chester, CMH Regional Health System
Laura Horan, St. Luke East
Thomas Jordan, The Christ Hospital
Leah Neiheisel, Cincinnati Health Department
Barbara Rebennack, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Marian Riestenberg, Good Samaritan Hospital
Julie Sullivan, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Charlotte Theile, University Hospital
Stacey Wills, Cincinnati Health Department
Award winners were nominated by patients, family, friends of patients, colleagues, physicians and other health care workers. All nominees must have demonstrated excellence in direct care, live and be employed in the Greater Cincinnati area (Ohio, Kentucky and southern Indiana) and be a licensed registered nurse.
For more information, visit nursing.uc.edu