May 21, 2012, Rifle CO: Nurse Maria Rubio from Grand River Hospital and Medical Center in Rifle was awarded the prestigious Nightingale Award Saturday, May 19th at an event hosted by the Colorado Nurse’s Foundation in Denver. Maria was nominated in the area of Clinical Practice- Advocacy, for her work in cultural competence and diabetes education for the Hispanic population.
“This is the first time a nurse from Grand River Hospital has ever won the Nightingale award. Maria truly represents the epitome of nursing excellence and we are thrilled that Maria was chosen to receive this prestigious award” says Mary DesOrmeau, Chief Nursing Officer for Grand River Hospital District.
The awards are given out annually by the Colorado Nurses Foundation. The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Human Caring 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 in the fall of each year by solicitation from the Colorado Area Health Education Centers System (AHEC) and the Colorado Springs and Western Slope Nightingale Committees. Luminary Award recipients are selected by the regions and forwarded to the State Selection Committee, who determines six Nightingale Award recipients. Each region also hosts a local event for their nominees.