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Held during National Nurses’ Week and in honor of the May 12 birthday of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing and its Board of Visitors will recognize the nursing profession and its most outstanding nurses at the 16th-annual Nightingale Awards Dinner at 6:30 p.m. May 8 in Reeve Memorial Union, 748 Algoma Blvd.

Of the 27 nominees, nine nurses will be awarded the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice and receive a cash award of $1,000 and an original piece of artwork representing the spirit of Florence Nightingale. The commemorative art piece, commissioned by Affinity Health Systems, will be engraved with the winner’s name.

The dinner also will include a Nightingale Silent Auction for Nursing Scholarships – featuring a Brett Favre autographed football. All proceeds from this auction will be committed to fund scholarships for student nurses.

Nightingale Award nominees include:

• Susan Ashton, Winnebago County Health Department
• Taylor Beaver, Tomah VA Medical Center
• Breana M. Bond, Mercy Medical Center
• Kelly Calkins, Mercy Medical Center
• Kathleen Connolly, Creative Care Options
• Faye Dodge, Menominee Tribal Clinic
• Debra Ebert, New London Familyl Medical Center
• Lisa Freda, Wisconsin Veterans Home-King
• Joyce Goebel, Community Memorial Hospital
• Mary Grimm, Aurora Medical Center
• Jonathan Kuehn, Aspirus Wausau Hospital
• Elizabeth Lehman, Bethel Home
• Ellen M. Loker, Affinity Visting Nurses Hospice
• Sherri McLaughlin, Mercy Medical Center
• Charlene Messenger, Wisconsin Resource Center
• Francis Meyer, Professional Home Care Providers
• G. Beth Michaelson, Appleton Cardiology Associates
• Tracy Monte, Diabetic Clinic
• Marilyn Mulder, Waupun Memorial Hospital
• Fran Nelson, the Nelson Family Clinic
• Vicki Parsons, Berlin Memorial Hospital
• Diane Rodd, Wood County Health Department
• Donna Schou, Affinity Health System
• Mary Tamblin, Ripon Medical Center
• Peggy Thielke, Mercy Medical Center
• Rita Woelfer Burmania, Hillside Home Care Hospice
• Xue Xiong, St. Elizabeth Hospital

Click here for the winners.