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The Nursing Celebration and Education Event
A Celebration of Nursing: Care, Compassion, and Culture in Southwestern Colorado scheduled for May 7, 2020 at Fort Lewis College in Durango has been CANCELLED until further notice.

2020 Nightingale Luminary Awards Gala
Colorado Nightingale event for May 9th in Lone Tree has been postponed until further notice.

Nightingale Luminary and STAR Awards

Every year SWCAHEC honors exceptional nurses in our community for the following awards:

Nightingale Luminary Award
Rising Star Award
Shining Star Award

 The STAR Award Nominations are now open until April 30, 2020.
Nurses are nominated by their peers and the community.


Criteria for nominations include:

“SHINING STAR” is a Nurse Who…

• Has worked or is currently working with a valid Colorado RN license
• Has practiced more than 13 years and has demonstrated leadership skills
• Made an impact on the profession / and or on patients 

“RISING STAR” is a Nurse Who…

• Is currently working with a valid Colorado RN license
• Has practiced 12 years or less but who shows leadership and growth potential
• Has made an impact on the profession / and or on patients

Congratulations to our
2019 Nightingale Luminary and STAR Winners!

On May 8th, a Nightingale luncheon was held at the Cortez Conference Center to honor SWCAHEC’s Award Winners to thank them for their excellence in nursing. Julia Hanson of Pueblo Community College received this year’s $1000 scholarship award.

Nightingale Winners – Amanda Gilliland, Kathleen McInnis, and Emily McGough
Star Award Winner – Stacy Wacker
Pueblo Community College Scholarship Winner– Julia Hanson

They were invited to attend the Nightingale Luminary Awards Gala in Lone Tree, Colorado as part of the celebration for Colorado’s highest nursing honor.

The Annual Nightingale Luminary and STAR Awards provides an opportunity to acknowledge the amazing nurses in our region whose hard work continues to improve health through advocacy, innovation, and leadership.  We believe this recognition of nurses and the nursing profession is a critical component of attracting and retaining the best nurses in southwest Colorado.