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Published on May 19, 2011

Excellence in Nursing at University of Colorado Hospital Recognized

Director of professional resources receives Nightingale Award

AURORA, Colo. –  The director of professional resources at University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) joined the elite group of nurses to receive the prestigious Nightingale Award for Excellence at the Colorado Nurses Foundation’s annual awards ceremony last Saturday

Mary Krugman, PhD

Nightingale winner Krugman

Mary Krugman, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, director of professional resources at UCH, 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 a key leader

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 University of Colorado Hospital’s 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.”

Two other UCH finalists

Two other nurses from UCH were finalists: Jamie Nordhagen, BSN, from the oncology bone marrow transplant unit and Camy Boyle, RN, BSN, from the burn trauma intensive care unit. In all, 11 nurses from UCH were nominated.

The Nightingale Awards event was founded in 1985 by Jean Watson, RN, PhD, FAAN, the former dean of the University of Colorado 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 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.

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.

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