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Heart Safe offers first aid, CPR classes

Heart Safe La Plata offers CPR and First Aid training to the community.

“CPR PRO for Healthcare Professional” will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Durango Fire & Rescue Authority Station. Cost is $65. This course covers adult, child and infant CPR.

On April 17, the combination class of CPR and Basic First Aid will be offered. Adult CPR/AED class begins at 9 a.m. and the first-aid class starts at 1 p.m. The two classes cost $60 and will be held at the DFRA training room, 142 Sheppard Drive, Durango.

On May 2, Adult CPR/AED course will start at 6 p.m. at the DFRA training room, 142 Sheppard Drive, Durango. This course costs $50 and provides a two-year certification.

The instructors are available to teach at your business or organization. For more information, visit or call J.T. Coyne at 769-7473.

Nightingale Luminary to honor nurses

The Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center has announced the 2013 Nightingale Luminary Award winners in the field of nursing.

Nightingale Luminary Awards recognize registered nurses who exemplify the profession through advocacy, innovation or leadership. Five people from the Four Corners were honored at a recent ceremony hosted by the center.

In the category of Nurses in Clinical Practice, three awards were presented:

Advocacy: Lynne Murison, retired.

Leadership: Paulette Barlow of Mercy Regional Medical Center.

Innovation: Gordon Ninde of Mercy Regional Medical Center.

In the category of Nurses in administrator, educator, researcher and non-traditional practice, two awards were presented:

Leadership: Jaynee Fontecchio-Spradling of Citizens Health Advisory Council.

Innovation: Suzanne Bolton of Mercy Regional Medical Center.

The five winners will travel to Denver in May to attend the state-level Nightingale Awards Competition. The event is hosted by the Colorado Nurses Foundation.

Four other area nurses were nominated for the Luminary awards: Jamie Gleason of Southwest Memorial Hospital; Linda Miller of Axis Health Systems; Emery Namingha of Southwest Oncology; and Heather Nowlin of Southwest Memorial Hospital.

Herald Staff

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