A woman who serves as vice president of clinical services at HopeWest based in Grand Junction has received the highest award bestowed on nurses in Colorado.
Susie Bevan was among the six latest winners of Nightingale Awards presented at a banquet in Denver. Bevan received the award in the category recognizing leadership in an administrator, educator, researcher or other nontraditional practice role.
“I am completely honored and humbled to receive this award. It is the highlight of my career,” Bevan said. “There are 60,000 nurses in Colorado that go above and beyond every day. To be honored in this way by my peers and the amazing nurse leaders of the state of Colorado is more than I could have ever imagined. I will be forever grateful to my family, mentors and the outstanding teams that I work with.”
Christy Whitney Borchard, president and chief executive officer of HopeWest, described Bevan as a “magnetic leader.”
“She inspires others to be passionate in their work and encourages nurse managers to develop their own leadership skills,” Borchard said.
Bevan is known at HopeWest for her creative approaches to solving problems and enabling nurses to practice the art of nursing, Borchard said. “We are so proud to have someone as talented and creative as Susie as part of our leadership team at HopeWest.”
HopeWest operates an in-patient hospice center in Grand Junction and also provides hospice, palliative care and grief support services in Western Colorado.
Bevan was among hundreds of nominees for the award and 41 selected as Nightingale Luminaries. The Nightingale Awards program was founded in 1985 to honor Colorado health care professionals who exemplify the practice and philosophy of Florence Nightingale, the 19th century nursing pioneer.