Colorado State University - Pueblo nursing professor is regional Nightingale finalist
PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo Professor of Nursing Dr. Peg Rooney has been named a regional finalist for the Colorado Nurses Foundation Nightingale Award, which pays tribute to the professional excellence of Colorado’s registered nurses. Nominations of nurses for the Nightingale Award are solicited throughout the state in the fall of each year through the Colorado Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) System and the Colorado Springs Committee.
The AHECs selects finalists based on the number of nominations from their area of the state. The State Selection Committee selects the six recipients from the 15 finalists. The regional awards are given in March and the statewide awards are given in May. Details on this process may be found at www.coloradonursesfoundation.org
Four regional finalists advance to the state competition where four winners will receive the Florence Nightingale Award in Denver in May. Past regional nominees and winners from CSU-Pueblo have included Susan Williams, Ruth DePalma, Joe Franta, and Joann Crownover. Dorothy DeNiro is the sole state-wide Nightingale recipient from CSU-Pueblo.
Rooney was nominated for the 2013 Nightingale Leadership in Administration Award for her leadership and achievements in nursing and technical health care education. These contributions extend from the community level through innovative international educational systems. As an advocate of educational advancement, Rooney has a successful record of grant acquisition for health education. She facilitated a $2 million grant to educate 64 registered nurses in an accelerated format, which was recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor. At the international level, she facilitated the development of a partnership with Teikyo University, Fukuoka, Japan and Community College of Denver.
In 2003, as the Dean of Health/Career and Technical Education at Community College of Denver, Rooney managed a $1.2 million budget, supervised 57 faculty and staff on two campuses, and obtained $4.5 million in grants by partnering with the Denver Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development and local health care agencies. She received Administrator of the Year honors for her “outstanding interpersonal skills, thoughtful pursuit of excellence and overall leadership.” Her most recent accomplishments include consultation to the master’s education program at CSU-Pueblo and completion of a successful NLNAC accreditation for that master’s program, a vital part in Colorado rural health care.
Rooney also chairs the Sigma Theta Tau Iota Pi Excellence Awards Selection Committee, theses committees, and the nursing department’s accreditation committee, and is a member of the Colorado Nurses Association, and American Association of Career and Technical Administrator.
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