Community Hospital nurses among Nightingale honorees

Kathleen Wilson and Amanda Piquette, both registered nurses who work at Community Hospital in Grand Junction, were among the local honorees at a Nightingale Award gala.

Wilson was selected as the 2013 Luminary Award recipient for the western region and was one of only five Luminary Award winners. She’ll join the other finalists from Colorado at a statewide gala scheduled for May 11 in Denver. There, the Colorado Nightingale Nurse of the Year will be announced.

The Nightingale Award for Excellence in Human Caring was created in 1985 to honor nurses who exemplify the philosophy and practices of Florence Nightingale, a 19th century nursing pioneer. For nearly 30 years, registered nurses throughout Colorado have been nominated by peers, supervisors, friends and family for the award. The regional gala honors Western Colorado nominees and finalists.

“A Nightingale recipient demonstrates excellence in the profession of nursing. These two women exemplify professional engagement and community involvement. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments,” said Chris Thomas, president and chief executive officer of Community Hospital.

Kristin Gundt, chief nursing officer for Community Hospital, agreed. “Kathleen and Amanda have touched many lives in our community directly and indirectly through their efforts to educate nurses and other health care professionals with high standards.”