Three nurses from Delta County Memorial Hospital have been nominated for the Nightingale Award for Human Caring. The award was created to honor nurses in Colorado whose contributions to the profession of nursing epitomize the philosophy and passion of Florence Nightingale.
This year, the 28 nominees from western Colorado will be honored March 9 at the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom starting at 5:30 p.m.
Local nominees include Peggy Parmenter, Joanna Saville and Michelle Valdez.
Parmenter is an emergency room nurse at DCMH, nominated for her leadership in clinical practice. She sets a high standard of leadership in nursing care for her co-workers by displaying a great attitude, actively mentoring newly hired nurses and maintaining a very efficient department when she is in charge.
Saville was also nominated for her leadership in clinical practice. She stepped into her role as ICU manager maintaining stability, cohesiveness and excellence. She leads her staff by example in patient care and advocacy, enhancing the department's capability to deliver the safest, most effective care. She interacts with all staff professionally, driving results, paying attention to detail and drawing the best from each member of the team.
Michelle Valdez, an RN in the ICU unit at DCMH, was nominated for her advocacy. Michelle is a solid, respected team member dedicated to compassionate bedside nursing. Her high standard for exceptional patient care leads those who are surrounded by her to follow suit. According to the nomination, she is intelligent, patient, a good listener and has a calming manner. Above all she is a person of integrity.
A reception for nominees will be followed by dinner and music by David and Tamara Hauze. A silent auction is sponsored by District 5 of the Colorado Nurses Association with proceeds benefiting a nursing scholarship. The evening will also feature an inspiring message by Donna Stickland, nationally acclaimed nurse speaker and organization development consultant. Steve ErkenBrack, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Health Plans, will be the emcee, assisted by Kristy Reuss, professor of nursing in the Department of Health Sciences at Colorado Mesa University.
Seats are still available for the event and registration is $55. Call Kat Lawson at 255-7214 to register.blog comments powered by Disqus