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May 2007 Issue

2007 Florence Nightingale Award winner Violette Selzer “retired” to work part-time at the Health Resource Center of Cincinnati.
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Florence Nightingale Awards Honor Local Nurses for Exceptional Patient Care

Published May 2007

The 16 honorees for the UC College of Nursing’s 15th annual Florence Nightingale Awards work in the Greater Cincinnati community in a variety of ways.

They help children get dental screenings, provide care and advocacy for indigent and mentally challenged people in Cincinnati’s inner city, and even sing for patients in the final moments of their lives.

But while they may have different responsibilities, they all share something in common—dedication and commitment to exceptional patient care.

Patients, family, friends of patients, colleagues, physicians and other health care workers in Greater Cincinnati nominated more than 400 nurses for this year’s awards, named for the founder of modern nursing.

“There are many highly qualified and committed nurses working in our community, and it was difficult for our board of advisers to select the winners,” says Elizabeth Karle, program manager at the College of Nursing. “It’s an honor for us to celebrate the professionalism and excellence that nurses bring to our community.”

Six nurses received the Florence Nightingale Award and $1,000. Ten nurses received the Dean’s Award and $400 each. The awards are funded by sponsors.

2007 Nightingale Award winners:

  • Kathleen Alwell, University Neurology
  • Frances Gadd, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Kris Goldfuss, Drake Center
  • Sister Joyce Kahle, TriHealth
  • Mike McCormick, St. Luke Hospital West
  • Violette Selzer, Health Resource Center

Dean’s Award recipients:

  • Walter Armstrong, St. Luke Hospital West
  • Cathy Beumer, Jewish Hospital
  • Emma Bunag-Boehm, Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Cindy Edmisten, Brown County General Hospital
  • Janice Jones, Summit Behavioral Health Center
  • Linda Jones, St. Elizabeth Medical Center
  • Margaret Miller, Cincinnati Health Department
  • Laura Nusekabel, Mercy Hospital Mt. Airy
  • Kimberlee Sandusky, Cincinnati Health Department
  • Susan Weber, University Hospital

More than 850 people attended the April 26 event.

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