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Our Annual Nightingale Luminary and STAR Award Ceremony acknowledges top nurses in our region whose hard work continues to improve health through advocacy, innovation, and leadership.

SWCAHEC believes this recognition of nurses and the nursing profession is a critical component of attracting and retaining the best
nurses in southwest Colorado.

Exciting News!

We are thrilled to announce our guest speaker Jean Watson, whose career has been devoted to the phenomena of human caring. She is the Founder and Director of the non-profit foundation, Watson Caring Science Institute.

To Purchase Your Tickets for the Nightingale
Luminary and STAR Awards,
Register here first and
then you can pay through Eventbrite

Tickets are $30 / per person-early bird special until March 10th

After March 10th, tickets are $38.

All the proceeds benefit the Southwest Colorado Community
Nursing Scholarship fund.
Our goal is to raise money to

help a second year nursing student.

Congratulations Tracey Beanland!

Last Year's Nightingale Community Scholarship Award Winner


"Words can't explain what the Nightingale Scholarship meant to me; especially, when I had learned that I had to pay for classes upfront. This scholarship allowed me not only to pay for my tuition but to continue in fulfilling my desire to be a nurse.
It was an honor, and I'm forever grateful."


Fill out the Nightingale Sponsor Contribution Form or click here to make a donation to the scholarship program with a credit card.

Thank you! We appreciate your support!

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Jean Watson

Welcome Guest Speaker, Dr. Jean Watson!

Jean Watson, PHD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, (LL-AAN) is the Founder and Director of the non-profit foundation, Watson Caring Science Institute, and a Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita at the University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing Anschutz Medical Center campus, where she held the nation’s first endowed Chair in Caring Science for 16 years. She is founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing; past President of the National League for Nursing; founding member of International Association in Human Caring and International Caritas Consortium.

Today, clinical nurses and academic programs throughout the world use her published works on the philosophy and theory of human caring and the art and science of caring in nursing. Dr. Watson’s caring philosophy is used to guide transformative models of caring and healing practices for hospitals, nurses and patients alike, in diverse settings worldwide.

Her entire life career has been devoted to the phenomena of human caring, and inner subjective feelings, emotions and experiences. However, it was not until she experienced human caring from her own personal experiences from the inside did she truly understand her own work at another level. Hear her story on March 15th at the Nightingale Luminary and STAR awards.

Thank you for all that you do!

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"In nursing we are always giving, not expecting anything in return. We are asked to do many things for our patients and the providers we work with, always accepting any challenge with a smile. We strive to provide the highest quality of care to our patients, and are always thinking about how we can do it better. Knowing we have helped someone and made their life better is really all that matters. With that said, last year I was surprised with a nomination for the Nightingale Award, by the providers I work with, for my Innovation. This was such a huge honor and words can not explain how much it meant to me to be recognized by these providers for all the hard work I have put in. I was honored with the Luminary Award for Innovation and went to Denver for the statewide Nightingale Award Ceremony. It was amazing to be among 54 other nurses from across the state and hear all there accomplishments. It was so inspirational, but also humbling to be amongst these exceptional nurses. This was an experience I will never forget, and an honor that I will never be able to express enough how much it meant to me."

Amanda Harrison RN, AE-C
Nurse Manager
Telemedicine/Outreach Coordinator
For Pediatric Partner of the Southwest
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When you nominate a nurse for the STAR Awards, you are saying
Help us honor those exceptional nurses in our community.

At the Nightingale Luminary and Star Awards, there will be a special award presented for a novice nurse “Rising Star” and an expert nurse “Shining Star.” Nurses are nominated by their peers and the community.
Nomination deadline is March 1, 2018.

To nominate a nurse for the STAR awards, click here.

Silent Art Auction

What Makes Nightingale so Special?

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Click on the video to learn more...

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$99 Hotel Special

Nightingale attendees will receive a special $99 rate at the Historic Strater Hotel in Durango. March 15th only!

Please call the Strater Hotel directly at (800) 247-4431 and ask for the “Nightingale Event” room special. Must be reserved by Feb.15th.

* online booking not available.

Seeking past nominees to volunteer to be part of selection committee. Contact Kathleen at
by Feb 23rd if you are interested.

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