WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Civica Management worked with the Colorado Nurses Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care and nursing practice in Colorado, to plan and produce the 2013 Nightingale Luminary gala on Saturday, May 11, at the Westin Westminster.
Civica’s staff managed the event with the assistance of many of the foundation’s officers, directors and volunteers. The gala, which drew 500 attendees, honored 38 Colorado nurses with Luminary Awards. Six of the luminaries were honored as recipients of Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Human Caring.
The Nightingale program recognizes nurses in two categories: Nurses in Clinical Practice and Administrators, Educators, Researchers, and Non-Traditional Practice Roles. Each category was recognized in one of three areas: Advocacy, Leadership, and Innovation.
The awards were 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 in the fall of each year by solicitation from the Colorado Area Health Education Centers System and the Colorado Springs and Nightingale Western Colorado Committees.
Since 1999, the Colorado Nurses Foundation has awarded 319 scholarships totaling over $400,000. CNF is devoted to creating nursing excellence through the promotion of educational and scientific activities and community-based projects in Colorado.