CPMC Nurse Receives Regional Nightingale Honor

April 2, 2015

What started as a childhood dream of becoming a healthcare professional, soon developed into a career devoted to taking care of others.  Jeanette Martinez, RN, was recognized at the Centennial Area Health Education Center’s (CAHEC) Nightingale Luminary Award Ceremony last Saturday evening for her leadership in the nursing profession.

Martinez, who is a labor and delivery nurse for Colorado Plains Medical Center, was one of six area nurses receiving accolades and will represent the northern Colorado region, along with other nominees across the state of Colorado, at the state Nightingale recognition event in May.

“Jeanette’s patients love her; they praise her clinical skills and that beautiful smile (that she possesses).  Jeanette exemplifies teamwork, professionalism, and leadership in nursing.  She keeps her peers focused on what really matters – the patient,” remarks Sonya Bass, RN, MSN, CPMC Chief Nursing Officer.

After completing her ADN degree in nursing at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Martinez went to work for Colorado Plains Medical Center on its obstetric unit.  Ten years later, she can still be found on the Paul E. Woodward Birthing Center tending to patients and performing the work she always knew she wanted to do.  Predominately working the night shift for several years, the exceptional clinician has recently shifted to working on the day shift, an opportunity that has allowed the seasoned nurse to mentor fellow nurses, strengthen her skills in patient care plans and policy development, and have more frequent patient contact.

According to her supervisor and CPMC Director of Women’s Services, Allyson Giuliano-Brookins, Martinez is the “go to person” for new staff orientation and project implementation.  Giuliano-Brookins also notes that Martinez worked with her on developing the criteria and verbiage for documentation activities in the hospital’s new charting system, which helped the obstetric staff to chart more efficiently and accurately.  “She took these tasks in stride and implemented a training program for the doctors and nurses to learn the new system,” adds Giuliano-Brookins.

Jacques LeBlanc, MD, Chief of Medical Staff at Colorado Plains Medical Center states that in her new role she is an amazing problem-solver and takes great pride in doing her job well.  “She continues to be a great help with morale on the unit and is the nurse that is often called upon to go through orientation of the new nurses coming to the unit,” he claims.

This mentoring role can be observed outside of the hospital as well.  Martinez volunteers as the “Team Mom” for her three children’s many sporting clubs.  Through these associated sporting events, she also teaches her children the meaning of caring and giving back to the community.  She can be seen annually volunteering at the Cleats for Kids program in Greeley.  She also volunteers and involves three different baseball and softball teams with Greeley’s American Red Cross organization every year in various capacities.

CPMC co-workers agree that this commitment to caring Martinez exhibits stems from an early age when, diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma  as a teenager, doctors and nurses became her best friends instead of the typical high school cliques.  Her positive interactions with the health care professionals continued to resonate well after her bout with cancer and her earlier resolve to become a nurse was strengthened.

“Jeanette exemplifies delivering high quality patient centered care.  She supports our physicians.  She creates an excellent atmosphere at work.  She is active in her community.  These are extremely high attributes to possess, and she does them all extremely well – a true nurse,” says Giuliano-Brookins.


The Nightingale Luminary Award, based on excellence in nursing practices, is a long-standing tradition initiated in 1985 by the University of Colorado.  The purpose of the Nightingale Awards is to honor nurses who have shown exceptional talent and dedication in the field of nursing.  The award was named after Florence Nightingale in honor of her many years of service as a leader, innovator, and advocate to the nursing profession.  Known as a pioneer of her time, her practices still influence the field of nursing.  The awards given in her name showcase the professional achievements of nurses for their efforts in advocacy, innovation, and leadership, as well as their commitment to actions and outcomes in caring for their patients, their profession, and their communities.  Nominees for a Nightingale Luminary Award must be a registered nurse in clinical practice or in administration, education, research, or a non-traditional practice role.  Nominees in these two categories are considered for their outstanding efforts in one of three areas:  advocacy, leadership, and innovation.