Colorado State University - Pueblo Nursing Professor is finalist for Nightingale Award

Colorado State University - Pueblo Nursing Professor is finalist for Nightingale Award

PUEBLO – JoAnn Crownover, assistant professor of nursing at Colorado State University-Pueblo, has been named a statewide finalist for the Nightingale Award for exemplifying the spirit of the nursing profession and in recognition of her outstanding contributions to innovations in nursing education. 

The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Human Caring were founded in 1985 to honor nurses who best exemplify the philosophy and practice of Florence Nightingale, a 19th century nursing pioneer who epitomized the art of helping people toward their optimal health. Registered nurses throughout the state are nominated in the fall of each year by solicitation from the Colorado Area Health Education Centers System (AHEC) and the Colorado Springs and Western Slope Nightingale Committees. Luminary Awards are presented to Regional award recipients, and six Nightingale Awards will be presented to Luminary award recipients at the state Nightingale event in Denver on May 19.

With more than 15 years experience in nursing education, Crownover teaches 300-500 level classes including theory classes in fundamentals, pharmacology, pediatrics and obstetrics.  She was the recipient of the nursing department’s 2011Outstanding Faculty Award, has served as a faculty senator, is the vice chair of the University Athletic Board, and has set policy for the Nursing Department through the undergraduate student handbook and serving on the Curriculum Committee.  She was instrumental in the development of the partnership between the International University of Nursing in the West Indies and CSU-Pueblo. 

Upon arrival at CSU-Pueblo, JoAnn discovered several high fidelity simulation mannequins that were not being utilized.  She took the initiative to learn the technology and implement simulation into the nursing curriculum. To date, Crownover has written, implemented, and evaluated more than 40 simulation scenarios that are being utilized throughout the nursing curriculum and with the New Graduate Nurse Residency Program of St. Mary Corwin Hospital.  She also has been instrumental in writing and providing oversight of several large grants that have updated the simulation lab, two nursing skills labs, and the nursing computer lab. 

In 2010, Crownover was selected as one of 20 participants from more than 140 applicants for the National League for Nursing’s first Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators.  From this experience, she met Dr. Kerry Reid Searl, a nurse educator from Australia.  Reid Searl patented an alternate simulation experience using silicone masks and body torsos that allow the instructor to don the mask and educate the students through the character portrayed.  From their relationship, CSU-Pueblo is now the lone U.S. site to pioneer this simulation technique.  

Crownover also has reviewed nursing textbooks for FA Davis and Pearson Publishing.  She will earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Regis University on May 4, 2012.  

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.