Vail nurse nominated for Nightingale Award |

Vail nurse nominated for Nightingale Award

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – Two members of Vail Valley Medical Center’s nursing staff, April Gabriel and Debra Burns, were among 37 nurses nominated for the Western Slope Nightingale Award for Human Caring.

Burns is one of two Western Slope nominees chosen to advance to the state competition as representatives of the Western Slope for the Colorado Nurses Foundation Nightingale Award. The Nightingale Awards will be presented at the banquet in Denver on May 1.

“Having two nurses from VVMC nominated for the Western Slope award is outstanding in and of itself, but to have one of them move on to potentially represent all of Colorado is really special,” says Doris Kirchner, president and CEO of the medical center. “I’m very proud of our nursing staff. This prestigious award represents the professionalism and quality of care that is provided at VVMC. Congratulations to both Debra and April.”

“I am very honored to be chosen to represent the Western Slope at a state level,” says Burns. “I love what I do and think that when you love what you do, it shows.”

Burns has been a registered nurse for 24 years. She works in the Eagle Care Facility and has been with the organization since 1996. She was inspired to become a nurse by her mother, who was also a registered nurse.

Gabriel works in the Vail hospital’s operating room and has been an employee for three years. She was inspired and encouraged by her aunt, who attended nursing school in the 1940s. Gabriel says the nomination is in her aunt’s honor as she passed away last year.

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