School of Nursing
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Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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2017 Nightingale
May 9, 2017
The San Marino Club
Troy, Michigan

Nightingale Awards

The Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence® celebration recognizes the hard-working, highly skilled, caring individuals who play such a vital role in our health care delivery system. It is an opportunity for Oakland University, the School of Nursing and the community at large to show gratitude to those nurses who have helped to make a real impact in the lives of so many. 

For the past 29 years, proceeds from the Nightingale celebration have helped to provide Oakland University’s School of Nursing an opportunity to support students and faculty, including: 
  • Scholarships for students
  • Research support for faculty
  • Cutting-edge technology and resources to help ensure access to advanced nursing education 

Nightingale award recipients exemplify nursing excellence and help to provide inspiration to future generations of nurses who we hope will follow in their tradition. Nightingale award recipients are leaders within the field of nursing and demonstrate leadership, quality care, innovation, teamwork and advocacy in all that they do. 

Do you know an exceptional nurse? Consider nominating them today! Please watch this short video to learn more about the Nightingale awards. 

To learn more about the Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence celebration, please contact us by email at or by phone at (248) 364-8723. 

There are several opportunities to be engaged - become a sponsor, advertise in our program booklet, purchase a table or individual tickets. No matter what level of involvement, thank you in advance for your support! 

Get Involved
There are many sponsorship levels available including, but not limited to, Gold Sponsorship, Silver Sponsorship, Bronze Sponsorship, Award Statue sponsors and more. Please refer to the Sponsorship Form  or contact Kristen Cometto at or (248) 364-8723 with any questions.

Tables or Tickets
Planning to attend? Purchase a table or individual tickets by contacting us at will seat 10 guests comfortably. 

Ad space is available in the Nightingale Awards Program Book and in the Silent Auction program book. Download the  ad form  and and send to Amy Johnson at .
Nominate a Nurse
Nominate a nurse you know!  Click here to view a short video detailing what winning a Nightingale award means to some of our past winners and runners up.

Entries for the 2017 Nightingale Celebration will be accepted through February 3, 2017. Nominations submitted after the February 3, 2017 deadline will be considered for the 2018 awards celebration.

To nominate a deserving nurse, please complete and submit the Nightingale Nomination Form. To nominate an exceptional nurse for the Peoples Choice 2017 award, please complete and submit the People's Choice Nomination Form.

Oakland University's School of Nursing seeks to recognize and celebrate the compassion, knowledge, and initiative of outstanding nurses in the field at its annual Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence. Awards are given to deserving nurses based on individual achievements and community and professional involvement. Leadership, quality of care, innovative practices and advances in research are also considered during the selection process.

In addition to the People's Choice award, the following nine categories are available for your nomination of a deserving recipient: 

Advanced Practice Nursing & ResearchExecutive Administration
Distinguished AlumniNursing in the Community
EducationSpecialty Nursing
Emerging LeaderStaff Nurse Practice (2) 

Check out some recommended tips for completing the nomination form or view a nomination sample

Questions? Please contact us at

Nominations are currently closed. Please check back for 2018 deadline. 

2017 Winners
and Runners Up
Award Winners
Advanced Practice Nursing & Research

Marcelli Jade Gayonoche Contreras 
Beaumont-Oakwood Accountable Care Org. 

Nursing in the Community

Selina Dallas
DMC-Detroit Receiving Hospital

Distinguished Alumni

Nina Barkell
Oakland Community College

Specialty Nursing

Donna Bednarski
DMC-Harper University Hospital

Kathy Jean Meloche
DMC-Harper Hutzel University Hospital
Staff Nurse Practice

Samuel Turner
DMC-Harper University Hospital

Emerging Leader

Kim Hand
McLaren Oakland

Staff Nurse Practice

Diane Dengate
DMC-Harper Hutzel University Hospital

Executive Administration

Christine Bowen
DMC-Harper Hutzel University Hospital

People's Choice

Susan Veltigian
Beaumont-Royal Oak

Runners Up

Advanced Practice Nursing & Research
Sharon Sawyer-Martin
DMC-Harper Hutzel University Hospital

Distinguished Alumni
Jennifer Sam
Ascension - St. John Providence Hospital - Macomb Oakland

Patricia Bechtel Cady
Beaumont-Royal Oak Hospital

Emerging Leader
Lisa Fishwild
Ascension - St. John Providence Hospital - Providence Park

Executive Administration
Susan Grant
Beaumont Health 

Nursing in the Community
Sharon McKinzie
DMC-Sinai-Grace Hospital
Specialty Nursing
Bernadine Sherwood
Beaumont - Grosse Pointe Hospital

Staff Nurse Practice

Adam Kasten
DMC-Harper Hutzel University Hospital

Staff Nurse Practice
Laura Weidle
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland 

People's Choice
Jennifer Gray
Henry Ford Hospital-Detroit


Special thanks to our 2017 Nightingale Sponsors!

Presenting:  Beaumont Health System

Gold:  Ascension Michigan

Silver:  Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Bronze:  Detroit Medical Center

Nightingale Awards:

  • Ascension Michigan
  • Americare Medical
  • Detroit Medical Center
  • DMC- Harper Hutzel University Hospital
  • Heart Cardiology Consultants
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Oakland University Alumni Association

People’s Choice Award:  Oakland University Credit Union

Scholarship:  Health Alliance Plan

Plaques:  Maggie Allesee

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Click here to download a 2017 sponsor form. Please contact Kristen Cometto at or (248) 364-8723 with questions or discuss how you can become a sponsor. Thanks in advance for your consideration.