UH Flight Nurse Honored at Nightingale Awards
Published May 2009
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, presented to the UC College of Nursing’s nomination committee in hopes that Deimling—a University Hospital Air Care and Mobile Care nurse—would be recognized at the 17th annual Florence Nightingale Awards for Nursing.
And she was, along with five other top award winning nurses recognized at an April 22 ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, 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 Andrea Lindell, PhD, College of Nursing dean.
“The one-on-one interaction between a health care provider and a patient 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 recognized at the event was Charlotte Theile, who received the Dean’s Award.
Nightingale Award Winners:
• Tamara Bryant, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
• Linda Danko, Cincinnati Department of 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, 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 patient 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 www.nursing.uc.edu.