Local nurse wins regional award

 The Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center (SWCAHEC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Nightingale Luminary Awards. The annual Nightingale Luminary Awards event provides an opportunity to acknowledge outstanding nurses in the Four Corners region whose hard work continues to improve health through advocacy, innovation, and leadership. 

At a recent award ceremony, registered nurses were honored in two categories; nurses working in clinical practice and nurses working in administration, education, research or non-traditional practice. Winners include Susan Turner of Bayfield, who works at the Southern Ute Tribal Health Center.

As part of the statewide Nightingale program, regional Luminary award recipients from across Colorado will be honored at the state recognition event in Denver on May 10. The Nightingale Awards event was founded in 1985 to honor nurses who best exemplify the philosophy and practice of Florence Nightingale, a 19th century nursing pioneer who epitomized the art of helping people toward their optimal health. Registered Nurses throughout the state are nominated by solicitation from the regional Area Health Education Centers system (AHEC). Each region hosts a local event for nominees. Finalists (Luminaries) are selected by the regions and the State Selection Committee then determines the recipients of the Nightingale Award.