Brene Belew-LaDue among West Slope nurses feted at Grand Junction banquet
Some 200 people filled the Doubletree banquet hall in Grand Junction on Saturday night for the annual Nightingale Awards.The awards were created to honor nurses who epitomize the philosophy and passion of Florence Nightingale.Thirteen people were named semifinalists, and three were named finalists. Names of the finalists will be forwarded to the statewide competition.Finalists are: Elaine Corder, Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado; Brene Belew-LaDue, Grand County Public Health Department; and Diane Purse, Vail Valley Medical Center.Semifinalists were: Poppy Woody, Community Hospital; Phylis Jaeger, Delta County Memorial Hospital; Keith Harman, Grand Junction VA Medical Center; Sarah Rais, Gunnison Valley Hospital; Christi Laird, Mesa County Department of Human Services; Andrea Briner, Mesa County Health Department; Debra Bailey, Mesa State College; Carol Ann Hendricks, Rocky Mountain Health Plans; Tom Flake, St. Marys Hospital; and Lucy Graham, St. Marys Family Practice.The following are comments made about the finalists by their nominators.Brene Belew-LaDueBrene Belew-LaDue brings a passion to her work with the Grand County Public Health Nursing Service, demonstrating over and over her tireless efforts to assure healthy outcomes for her patients, families and community. She is described as having the strength of character, personal and professional integrity, a caring spirit and an enduring love of nursing that epitomizes a Nightingale finalist.Belew-LaDue is committed to her personal and professional growth and is passionate about issues of access to health care, always ready to discuss ideas for solutions to the health care problems in Grand County and the rest of the nation. She is also working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to develop statewide competencies for public health nurses.Dorri Penny, executive director of the Grand County Rural Health Network said, There is no status quo for Brene, and through her actions she continues to raise the bar for all of us who work with her. Elaine CorderElaine Corders first job as a nurse taught her that excellence in clinical skills was vital to promote comfort and to assist patients and families with the difficult life-changing reality of a cancer diagnosis. She felt the gift of being present and being part of their lives for moments, days or years.As a leader, Corder expertly models the Hospice and Palliative Care mission and values in developing a plan of care for the patient and family that reflects their unique needs and challenges. And she daily mentors nurses and other health care providers to do the same, demonstrating and demanding compassion, clinical competence and advocacy.Many know Corder as someone who is not afraid to take on the most difficult of challenges, finding a suitable situation for even the most complex referral.Corder has a great enthusiasm for life, displaying a positive spirit that is felt by others, and described by one person as the healing spirit of the best nurses.Diane PurseAs the pediatric nurse practitioner at the Vail Valley Hospital-sponsored Eagle Care Clinic, Diane Purse is driven to make a difference in the lives of the children and families she meets, handling all situations with skill, patience and a cal, reassuring manner.Purse is a perfect role model for the value of lifelong learning as she is always looking for new evidence-based ways to address problems. And she is always willing to share her time and expertise with the nursing students who shadow her.Purse was described by one of the physicians she works for as one of the smartest caregivers for kids he has ever met. He said after Purse receives the Nightingale Award in 2008, hell nominate her for physician of the year in 2009.
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