Humboldt General Hospital is asking for the community’s help to identify
the nurse who most closely reflects the character and service of the world’s
most famous caregiver: Florence Nightingale.
The 10th annual award is bestowed during National Nurses Week, which this year
takes place May 6-12. May 12, 2020, marks the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.
Humboldt General Hospital created the “Nightingale Nurse of the Year
Award” to recognize nurses who, like Nightingale, go above and beyond
in their duties and truly illuminate the art of nursing.
In addition to staff members, the hospital is asking community members,
including former patients of Humboldt General Hospital, to submit a nomination
for this year’s award at
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Nightingale20. The nomination process will be open until midnight Sunday, May 3.
“We are excited to involve our community in this process,”
said HGH Chief Nursing Officer Leeann Cushway. “It’s wonderful
to know who they believe has made a difference in the lives of patients,
family members or co-workers by providing compassionate, kind and quality
Florence Nightingale was a celebrated English nurse, writer and statistician
who came to prominence for her pioneering work in nursing during the Crimean
War where she tended to wounded soldiers. Nightingale was dubbed “The
Lady with the Lamp” after her habit of making rounds at night.
Nightingale laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment,
in 1860, of her nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in London,
the first secular nursing school in the world, now part of King's
College London. The Nightingale Pledge taken by new nurses was named in
her honor, and the annual International Nurses Day is celebrated around
the world on her birthday.
Past recipients of Humboldt General Hospital’s “Nightingale
Nurse of the Year” award include Diane Nevis, LPN; Pam Ruark, RN;
Robyn Dunckhorst RN; Michelle Chadwell, RN; Bertha Higbee, RN; Tina Wilson,
RN; Rita Clement, RN; Kathryn Ourada, RN; and Darlene Bryan, RN.
A wall display in the HGH lobby area explains the award and honors past
and present recipients.