Nominations For Colorado’s 2019 Nightingale Luminary Awards

Nominations are open for the 2019 Colorado Nightingale Luminary Awards, administered and managed by the Colorado Nurses Foundation with regional outreach and regional selection provided by local Area Health Education Centers and independent Nightingale committees in the Pikes Peak Region and on the Western Slope. 

The Nightingale Awards, given since 1985, are Colorado’s highest nursing honor. Nominations are now being accepted online.

Next year's Nightingale Gala will be on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at CU South Denver, 10035 S. Peoria St., Lone Tree, CO 80134.

Nominations are closed.

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How to nominate a nurse

  1. Meet with the nominee to discuss the categories and areas of recognition

  2. Determine which category of practice best identifies the nominee:

    • Category I: Nurses in Clinical Practice (50% or their time or above providing direct patient care)

    • Category II: Administrators, Educators, Researchers, Non-Traditional Practice Roles (any other RN)

  3. Determine area of recognition for the nominee and answer 6 to 7 questions regarding your nominee’s category/area of recognition. (Click here to review the questions):

    • Advocacy – advancing a cause or proposal

    • Leadership – motivating others to work toward a common goal

    • Innovation – demonstrating creativity that addresses today’s challenges/opportunities

  4. Identify two individuals to request a letter of support from (other than the nominator). These letters of support should address how the nominee has advanced the profession of nursing or has positively impacted his/her community. Be sure to share with the letter writers the category and area of recognition for your nominee

  5. Be sure to nominate your nurse in the correct region! Region corresponds to the county in which the nurse works. If a nurse works in a facility, use the county in which the facility is located. If the nurse travels, use the county of the branch or office to which the nurse reports.

Download the Nightingale Luminary Nomination Questions

Download the Nightingale Luminary Nomination Flyer

Only COMPLETED/SUBMITTED nominations will be eligible for review and considered for a Luminary/Nightingale award.

In 2019, up to 60 luminaries will be selected from hundreds of nominees statewide and up to 12 of those luminaries will receive the coveted Nightingale Award.

Key dates


If you have any questions on the entry process, please contact the organizers at or 720-457-1004


• You may edit your entry after submitting, up until the entry deadline
• Please make sure all your personal details are entered accurately, including contact details, as this will be used in the awards presentation if selected as a finalist
• You can use the ‘copy’ feature to create a copy of your entry and change the category as required

Regional Recognition Event Dates

Denver Regional Nightingale Association: March 9, 2019, Doubletree by Hilton, 3203 Quebec Street, Denver CO 80207
Centennial AHEC: Not hosting an event in 2019
Pikes Peak Nightingale Committee, Inc.: March 7, 2019, The Pinery at the Hill, 775 West Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO
San Luis Valley AHEC: February 22, 2019
Southeastern Colorado AHEC: March 29, 2019, Colorado State University-Pueblo Occhiato Student Center Ballroom
Southwestern Colorado AHEC: March 14, 2019
Western Colorado Nightingale Committee: March 30, 2019, Doubletree Hotel, Grand Junction


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