Children's Hospital Colorado

Children's Hospital Colorado Nurse Recognized with State’s Highest Nursing Honor

Children's Hospital Colorado | August 30, 2017
A woman with shoulder length dark hair shakes hands with a woman in with her hair in a bun. In the foreground there is a bronze award statue of a nurse holding a patient.

We are proud to announce that Esther Carpenter, BSN, RN, CCRN, cardiovascular surgical nurse coordinator in the Children’s Colorado Heart Institute, was named a recipient of the 32nd Annual Nightingale Award, the state’s highest nursing honor.

Demonstrating outcomes that improve patient care

The Nightingale Luminary Award is focused on recognition of nurses who have demonstrated outcomes that improve patient care and the environment in which healthcare is delivered. The Luminaries honored represent the necessary diversity in nursing practice that is required to achieve quality care.

A total of 266 nurses from across Colorado were selected by regional Area Health Education Centers and local committees, and 57 were designated as Luminaries, of which 12 were chosen to receive the Nightingale Award.

Carpenter is one of 187 nurses that have now received the prestigious award. Once a nurse is honored, they cannot receive it a second time.

“I’m honored and humbled by this recognition as it has come from my nursing peers not only the Heart Institute, but the Division of Nursing of Children’s Hospital Colorado, the Denver Metro Regional and the state of Colorado. It honors all the children and their families of whom I’ve cared for during my nursing career. It speaks to our mission to provide high-quality, coordinated programs of patient care, education, research and advocacy,” said Carpenter.  

Striving for excellence at the Heart Institute

Carpenter joined Children’s Colorado in 1975 and has become a leader within the Heart Institute. Esther expertly balances a busy clinical role including preoperative visits, tours, multiple operating room updates to families, writing notes, morning interdisciplinary rounds and sternal incision rounds with all the additional work she does for the hospital and nursing.

"Esther exemplifies the values and heart of Children's Colorado. Her focus has always been our patients and families, and she strives for excellence and works towards improvements for our organization on a regular basis—that spirit is what the Nightingale award is all about," said Pat Givens, DHA, EdM, RN, NEA-BC, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Children’s Colorado.