The Nightingale Luminary Awards, Colorado's highest nursing honor, recognizes nurses statewide for their work in advocacy, innovation, and leadership. In 2022, Children’s Hospital Colorado has 18 regional nominees and seven finalists, two of whom were named winners. Congratulations to Andrea Himmelberger, BSN, RN-NIC and Cassie Lang, MSN, CNS.
Advocacy and commitment earn recognition
Andrea was nominated for her advocacy and commitment to improving public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Heartbroken at the loss of lives in our community, she felt compelled to be part of the solution for eradicating COVID-19. Andrea decided the biggest impact she could make was to join a vaccine clinic. She eventually led one of the largest vaccination clinics in Colorado while still working full time as a nurse in the NICU. Between February and June 2021, her site administered more than 90,000 vaccines and helped get 70% of Coloradans vaccinated.
Innovative processes protect patients
Cassie was nominated for her innovation and leadership in the delivery of monoclonal antibody infusions. Monoclonal antibody infusions are a preventative treatment that differ from vaccines. They’re typically given to patients at high risk of severe COVID-19. Cassie played a key role in maintaining safe practices and implementation. She used her infusion practice expertise, ability to define and improve processes and strong collaboration skills to ensure life-saving monoclonal antibody therapies could be safely delivered to patients in need. At the same time, she ensured minimal impact to the day-to-day operations of the already busy infusion centers.
All these amazing Children’s Colorado nurses are elevating nursing practice and transforming child health across our state and country.
Nightingale Luminary Award winners and finalists from Children's Colorado:
- Andrea Himmelberger, BSN, RN-NIC, Clinical Nurse III, NICU
- Cassie Lang, MSN, CNS, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, CCBD
Nightingale Luminary Award Finalists
- Susan Fisk, BSN, RN, Case Manager, Post Discharge Telehealth
- Figaro Loresto Jr., PhD, RN, Nurse Scientist, Nursing Research, Innovation and Professional Practice
- Andrea Mondragon, BSN, RN, CPHON, Radiation Nurse Care Coordinator, CCBD
- Jennifer Roth, MSN, MBA, RN, CCRN, Vice President and Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Acute Care Services
- Jordan Widmer, MSN, RNC-NIC, Clinical Nurse III, NICU
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