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Nurses Honored for Nightingale Spirit

June 02, 2008
Nurses honored for Nightingale spirit By Rocky Mountain News Friday, May 23, 2008 Every nurse harbors a touch of the spirit of Florence Nightingale. Six Colorado nurses rose above the rest: They were honored for their leadership, clinical expertise, community service, care and contributions to health-care society. The six recipients received the 23rd Annual 2008 Nightingale Awards as part of Nurses Week, organized by the Colorado Nurses Foundation. The recipients were: * June Chan, vice president for Memorial Hospital for Children in Colorado Springs: A 32-year registered nurse, Chan established Southern Colorado's only designated children's hospital. * Myriam De Leon, school nurse for Denver Public Schools and a hospice and psychiatric nurse at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center: Fluent in Spanish and French, she has worked with hundreds of diverse students and families, providing health care and social services. * Lt. Col. Phillip G. Kleinman, chief health care integrator for the U.S. Air Force Academy: He has implemented prevention health management programs for 31,000 Air Force beneficiaries. * Debra Malone, charge nurse of the infusion center at Rose Medical Center: A champion of patient safety after her father died from a series of medical errors. * Diane Purse, pediatric nurse practitioner at Vail Valley Medical Center's Eagle Care Clinic: Purse developed a support group for parents of children diagnosed with diabetes. * Christine A. Sorensen, cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, Hospital: She works for seven areas at the medical center and is chairwoman of the Education and Research Council. © Rocky Mountain News