Nightingale Luminary Awards


The Nightingale Awards, given since 1985, are Colorado’s highest nursing honor.
Do you know an outstanding nurse who deserves to be recognized? Someone who went above and beyond the call of duty, and demonstrated, hard work, leadership, and innovation!

Congratulations to the 2022 NE Regional Luminary Nominees

Alyssa Medeiros

Christina Kuehster

Denise Rush

Hali Aiona

Jennifer Thistle

Katrina Einhellig

Kristin Bisceglia-Smith

Lindsay Kidd

Megan Rentel

Rhonda Turner




VICTORIA DEPOY - Clinical Advocacy 

JEANETTE MCNEILL - Non-Traditional Advocacy

JAMIE DESCHLER - Clinical Innovation

JOBETH MILLS - Clinical Leadership

KAY MILLER - Non-Traditional Leadership


What is the Nightingale Award?

The Nightingale Luminary Award was established in 1985 to acknowledge the outstanding nurses in our region, whose hard work and dedication improves other's health through their advocacy, innovation, and leadership. 

This award was named after Florence Nightingale in honor of her many years of service as a leader, innovator, and advocator of the Nursing profession. She was known as a pioneer of her time, and her practices still influence the field of nursing. Today, new pioneers work hard to revolutionize nursing and make an impact in our communities. 

How can I nominate a nurse?

In order to nominate a nurse, you must go to: 

and create an account. Once an account is created, at the bottom of the page you will see an option to "Start entry". Once you start the process of nominating a nurse, you may save your changes and come back by signing into your account. Nominations for the 2021 Nightingale Award are currently being accepted, and will close on January 15th 2021. 

Nightingale Selection Committee 

Stephanie Boyd, MSN, RN, UCHealth

Carrie Brunson, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, AP-PMN, Banner Health

Katrina Einhellig, PhD, RN, CNE, University of Northern Colorado

Linda Roan, MSN, RN, Banner Health

Jennifer Thistle, MSN, RN, Morgan Community College

Jill Zamzow, MSN, RN, UCHealth