Published on August 23, 2021

Bartell, Boyer, Sandoval-Adams are Parkview’s Nightingale Nominees


Parkview Health System is proud to announce its Nightingale Luminary Award nominees, Jenifer Bartell, Suzette Boyer and Laura Sandoval-Adams.  Started in 1985, the Nightingale Awards are Colorado’s highest nursing honor. 

Jenifer Bartell began her RN career at Parkview in 2008 in our Emergency Department.  It was during that time she noticed a gap in services for victims of sexual violence.  Victims of sexual violence that seek medical care need a specially trained healthcare team to ensure they receive the best care possible and law enforcement is able to obtain evidence if charges are pressed. Bartell started her sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) education in 2015.  She became Parkview’s SANE Coordinator.  She then expanded her training and role and became the Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE) Coordinator.  Currently, she runs a team of 10 trained Forensic Nurse Examiners.    With Bartell’s efforts, Parkview can not only assist victims of sexual assault but also victims of domestic violence and strangulation.  Parkview’s SANE program is the second longest-standing in Colorado and the FNE program is the closest within eleven counties. 

It is evident Bartell is passionate for vulnerable populations and educations.  She is often educating the community on sexual assault, domestic violence, strangulation, child abuse, etc. Local community partners describe Bartell as compassionate, able to identify gaps in community services and dedicated to helping victims and advocating for those who cannot. 

Suzette Boyer is Parkview’s Sepsis Coordinator.  Sepsis is a medical condition that requires a team to effectively treat the patient.  Boyer leads the care team listening to concerns and challenges faced by those who are involved in the care of the sepsis patient.  She is an advocate to identify barriers and find innovative ways to provide the highest-quality of care.  Boyer is dedicated to her field.  She is constantly collecting concurrent and retrospective data on septic patients.  She uses this data to improve patient care.  Boyer has increased sepsis bundle compliance by 24% since she became the coordinator in 2019.  This places Parkview above the National benchmark.   

In addition to her rigorous data collection, attending daily rounds and responding to sepsis alerts, it is Boyer’s positive attitude, passion, ability to educate and advocate for patients and a that has empowered the sepsis team.  The sepsis team looks to Boyer for leadership, wisdom and insight.  She has a diverse background in quality and safety in healthcare and is always willing to share her knowledge about best practices and compliance. 

Laura Sandoval-Adams has over 18 years in the nursing profession.  Currently, she is Parkview’s charge nurse in the float pool and administrative supervisor during the night shift.  One of Sandoval’s biggest impacts on nursing during her career is her mentorship of new nurses and advocating for the profession.  She is passionate about retaining nurses, increasing their job satisfaction and decreasing burnout and because of this, she has mentored hundreds of nurses over the years.  She will often meet with new nursing staff outside of work hours to offer support and advice.  If she feels a person is having a difficult time adjusting, she will bring concern forward to leadership so the nurse can get supported appropriately. 

Additionally, she frequently visits local universities to speak to nursing students and attends nursing orientations.  It is always her mission to offer support and guidance for nurses, nursing students and an overall understanding of the profession in the community. 

Due to the high-regard and respect her peers show her, Sandoval-Adams was Parkview’s first RN to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in December of 2020.  Since then, she has been instrumental in advocating for vaccines and stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our community through vaccination.  

*Bartell and Sandoval-Adams have been selected to move onto the next round of award winners in Denver.  More information TBA.

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.