Tanya Tanner

AURORA, Colo. (May 19, 2011) – The annual Nightingale Luminary Awards recognize excellence in nursing professional engagement and citizenship. This year, University of Colorado College of Nursing PhD student, Tanya Tanner, and University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) director of professional resources, Mary Krugman, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, were named Nightingale award recipients. The Colorado Nurses Foundation hosted the 26th annual Nightingale Luminary Awards on Saturday, May 14, at the Red Lion Hotel Denver Southeast in Aurora.

2011 marks the beginning of a new Nightingale Program. This year, Luminary Awards were presented to regional award recipients at their local Nightingale events and from those regional recipients, Nightingale Award winners were selected at the state level. The new program recognizes nurses in two categories: Nurses in Clinical Practice and Nurses in Administrator, Educator, Researcher and Non-Traditional Practice roles. Each category is recognized in one of three areas: Advocacy, Leadership and Innovation. By expanding the program in this way, more nurses are recognized for excellence in Colorado.

Tanner was nominated for the Clinical Practice category. There were a total of 266 nominees in both categories combined throughout the state and, of those, 43 were selected for the Luminary regional awards. Only six nurses received the 2011 Nightingale Award at the state level, Tanner and Krugman among them.

“The high quality of nurses we have in Colorado caring for patients is inspirational, and to be chosen from among such a distinguished group of nurses is a great honor,” said Tanner. “Throughout my doctoral program, I have continually been reminded of the importance of nurturing the heart and soul in nursing and of the numerous ways this is expressed—through clinical practice, research and education. Thank you to all of the nurses who exemplify the Nightingale spirit every day in their work and lives.”

Krugman received the award in the category of Leadership in Administrator, Educator, Researcher or Nontraditional Roles: Outstanding nurses who motivated others to work toward a common goal.

Krugman was a key leader in developing the University HealthSystem Consortium/ American Association of Colleges of Nursing Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program, now in 64 sites nationwide. She also served on the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education, writing national residency program accreditation standards, resulting in the UCH program becoming one of the first in the nation to receive national accreditation. These initiatives have a positive impact on professional nurse entry into practice and nurse retention at UCH and across the country.

“Mary’s accomplishments are innumerable and commendable,” said Carolyn Sanders, UCH’s chief nursing officer and vice president of patient services. “The recognition Mary received is yet another testament to the excellence of nursing practice at University of Colorado Hospital.”

Krugman agrees about excellence in nursing at UCH and adds, “This award is shared by all nurses at UCH who every day deliver outstanding, compassionate, evidence-based care in the tradition of Florence Nightingale. And none of what we accomplish on behalf of our patients and staff would be possible without the support of the nursing leadership team.”

The Nightingale Awards event was founded in 1985 by Jean Watson, RN, PhD, FAAN, the former dean of the CU College of Nursing, to honor nurses who best exemplify the philosophy and practice of Florence Nightingale, the 19th century nursing pioneer who epitomized the art and science of helping people toward their optimal health. The event was transferred by the College of Nursing to the Colorado Nurses Foundation in 1999, which uses the proceeds of the event to provide nursing scholarships in Colorado. Registered Nurses throughout the state are nominated by solicitation from the Colorado Area Health Education Centers system, the Colorado Springs Committee and the Western Slope Committee yearly in the fall. Each region hosts a local event for nominees. Finalists are selected by the regions and the State Selection Committee then determines the recipients.

Located at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., the University of Colorado College of Nursing offers some of the highest ranked programs in the country — from bachelor’s through doctoral degrees and post-graduate certificate programs. The college offers several specialties through its master’s program and the only PhD program in clinical research in Colorado. It also is the birthplace of nurse practitioner education and the caring movement, and was one of the first schools in the country to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The College of Nursing was voted “Aurora’s Best of the Best 2010” – Best School, “Critic’s choice,” by The Aurora Sentinel. For more information, visit the CU Denver Newsroom.

University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) is the Rocky Mountain region’s leading academic medical center. It is ranked among the top 10 academic medical centers in the United States by the University HealthSystem Consortium and is ranked as the best hospital in the Denver metro area and one of the best in the country by U.S.News & World Report. UCH is best known as an innovator in patient care and often as one of the first hospitals to bring new medicine to patients’ bedsides. The hospital’s physicians are affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, part of the University of Colorado system. Based on the expansive Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., the hospital is a central part of one of the country’s only true “Health Care Cities” where patient care, research and education converge to establish the future of health care delivery.

Contact: Caitlin Jenney, 303-315-6376, [email protected]

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