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Photo by Ramona Frazier 2017 nominees for the annual Nightingale Award from Delta County Memorial Hospital include (left to right) Amy Culpepper, RN, emergency department; Lisa Waddington, RN, trauma nurse coordinator, emergency department; and Kathy Aker

On March 4, the annual Western Colorado Nightingale Awards banquet was held at the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom in Grand Junction. This event is a way to honor nurses who best exemplify the philosophy and nursing practice of Florence Nightingale, a 19th century nursing pioneer.

Delta County Memorial Hospital had three nurses nominated by their fellow co-workers. Lisa Waddington is the trauma nurse coordinator and was nominated for her work in implementing the Stepping On program which helps improve mobility for senior members of our community.

A member of the emergency department nursing staff, Amy Culpepper, was nominated for her mentoring skills for new nurses and students orienting to the emergency department.

Kathy Akers one of DCMH's CRNAs (certified registered nurse anesthetist,) was recognized for her work with the Colorado Association for Nurse Anesthetists and educating Colorado legislators in Washington D.C. about the important role CRNAs play in rural health care.

Nurses from a variety of backgrounds across the state are recognized and nominated by their peers, supervisors, family and patients. The state Nightingale Committee recognizes two main categories of nursing practice: 1) clinical practice, for nurses who provide direct patient care; and 2) administrative/education and alternative nursing, which recognizes nurses who impact other nurses, patients and the community.

Under the two main categories there are three sub-categories: advocacy, leadership and innovation. This year there were 28 nominees from the Western Slope and six winners (luminaries) will go on to the state Nightingale event in Denver in May.

Delta County Memorial Hospital is very proud of its nominees and is very grateful to have such dedicated nursing professionals who go above and beyond to provide care and excellence to their patients and their community.

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