Sue Houle Awarded The 2015 Nightingale Award

Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820 – August 13, 1910), who came to be known as The Lady with the Lamp, is the founder of modern nursing. Modern nursing is complex, ever changing, and multi focused. Since the time of Florence Nightingale, however, the goal of nursing has remained unchanged, namely to provide a safe and caring environment that promotes patient health and well-being.

Nightingale’s lasting contribution has been her role in founding and setting high standards for the nursing profession. She set an optimum example and implicitly laid the foundation for nurses everywhere of compassion, commitment to patient care and advocacy. She advocated for educated nurses who had a knowledge base and a specific role in healthcare and established the expectation that nurses would advocate for their patients. Further, she envisioned the extension of nursing as the essential force which would meet the growing healthcare needs in sectors outside of the hospital. This resulted in the development of nursing in the military, midwifery, poor law nursing (care of paupers), and nurse visiting (public health and home care nursing). This role expansion created a full range of services in and out of the hospital and across the life span, thus further expanding the role and autonomy of the nurse.

         …Nightingale never wavered from the idea that a basic human right

         was high-quality patient care provided by a dedicated nursing staff.

At Cornerstone VNA-

The Nightingale Award for Nursing Excellence recognizes the highly skilled, caring individuals who play such a vital role on our health care team. He or she exemplifies nursing excellence and provides inspiration to future generation of exceptional nurses as a patient advocate and mentor in best practices while enhancing the quality of health care.

Criteria: This individual demonstrates excellence in five areas:

  1. Delivery of trusted, compassionate and expert quality patient care.
  2. Communication with patients, their families and health care colleagues
  3. Exceeding expectations when it comes to influencing the growth and development of healthcare to meet the needs of the community
  4. Commitment to health care as a career, and enhancing quality of life.
  5. Inspiring other health care professionals as a role model.

So for her extraordinary contributions to health care as a nurse, teacher, advocate and mentor, I would like to present the Nightingale Award to Susan Houle.

Sue Houle

The “Nightingale lamp” Nightingale lamp  (also known as the “Lamp of Nursing” or the “Lamp of Learning”) is an insignia of nursing and nursing education. The lamp represents the warmth of caring. The light of the lamp symbolizes the striving for excellence. The oil represents the energy and commitment of the nurse to heal others.                                   

                                                         December 2015

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