The CU College of Nursing (CON) and the Nursing Alumni Association marked National Nurses Week, May 6-12, by honoring and recognizing contributions to the Nursing History Center at the College of Nursing on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The celebration on May 12 also coincided with the birthday of the legendary Florence Nightingale.
The event also was an opportunity to acknowledge gifts to the college’s Nursing History Center. Such gifts include books from the Loder Family Collection (see photo). Among the books are several signed, first-editions by Florence Nightingale and other early nursing leaders, as well as memorabilia including a leather-bound diary that belonged to a nurse who administered to the sick and wounded during the American Civil War.
During the festivities, nearly a dozen nursing alumni and friends received certificates of appreciation for their gifts to the college, followed by the singing of happy birthday and a cake celebrating Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12, 1820.
The event ended with the premier of “A Legacy of Innovation,” a new film documenting CON’s history by Susan Hagedorn, PhD, FAANP, associate professor emerita and Victoria Erickson, PhD, FAANP, associate professor and MS/DNP program director.
TOP PHOTO: CON Dean Patricia Moritz accepted two nursing books – each more than a century old – from event guest of honor Jim Loder.
PHOTO: Nursing History Center committee members Kathy Cristler (left), MS ’78, PhD and Marty Stoner, PhD ‘82, associate professor emerita, celebrate Florence Nightingale.
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The Colorado Nurses Foundation will host the 26th annual Nightingale Luminary Awards on Saturday, May 14, at the Red Lion Hotel Denver Southeast in Aurora. (The CU College of Nursing transferred the Nightingale Awards to the Colorado Nurses Foundation in 1998.) Proceeds from the silent auction will go toward student scholarships for Colorado nursing schools.