Nursing Awards

2014 Grete H. Cohnen Nursing Scholarship:                   Allison Duba, CNO

For the last few years the Department of Nursing has had the pleasure of awarding a scholarship to one hard working student furthering their education in Nursing. This scholarship celebrates the life, work, and memory of Grete H. Cohnen. Grete overcame great hardship during WWII, ultimately attaining her nursing diploma and then a career in nursing, always holding a special place in her heart for children.

Allison has worked as a CNA in our float pool since 2012. She is currently enrolled in the Denver School of Nursing’s RN program. In Allison’s own words, she describes her interest in Nursing.

“I became a certified nursing assistant to gain experience and really find out if I had what it took to work in this field.  The impact this field has on people’s lives goes beyond what the average job provides.  Being a CNA is not always glamorous, but the experience furthered my drive to pursue a life career in nursing, something I truly realize I Iove”.  

Allison received letters of recommendation from co-workers. One expressed “Allison is instrumental in day-to –day clinic operations and patient flow. Not only did she work up new patients as they arrived, she went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that every patient she worked with had all they needed and were on time for their appointments. She consistently demonstrated advanced knowledge beyond her years of training, a fantastic bedside manner, and is extremely eager to improve and learn.”

Allison’s drive and ambition has gained respect from her co-workers. Grete Cohnen would be proud her scholarship is going to such a deserving student.

Previous recipients of the Grete H. Cohnen scholarship include:

  • 2013 - Lindsay Munoz
  • 2011 - Rachel Vichorek
  • 2010 - Lori McEnaney-Preble, RN; Holly E. O’Brien, RN
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2013 Lifetime Achievement Award

Awardee: Janis Berend, CNP (Adult Clinic)

Janis is an expert in the diagnosis and management of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and COPD. She answers calls from around the world regarding the genetics of alpha-1, interpretation of diagnostic tests and therapy for the deficiency. Berend is the consummate patient advocate. She forms support groups in Colorado, advocates for therapy with insurance companies and helps uninsured patients get medications. Berend frequently lectures about her extensive experience and helped in the preparation of the Alpha-1 Foundation nurse education program. “I have seen Janis travel to meetings throughout the country, where she is often the center of other health care providers’ attention as they ask questions and share their experiences,” said Sandy Sandhaus, MD, director of the Alpha-1 Program at National Jewish Health. Janis also took over the smoking-cessation program at National Jewish Health and continues to run the successful educational endeavor.

2013 Outstanding Nurse of the Year
2013 Outstanding Patient Care Assistant of the Year
2012 Outstanding Nurse of the Year
2012 Outstanding Patient Care Assistant
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Last Updated: 5/2014

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