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A Heartfelt Tribute to Betty Kolbeck

This year our world lost an angel to lymphoma. Elizabeth "Betty" Kolbeck was born December 3, 1954 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and moved to California. She worked for 36 years as a nurse with Stanford Healthcare. Betty joined ReSurge International, a nonprofit partner of Barco's Nightingales Foundation, in [...]

October 26th, 2017|Advocacy|0 Comments

Down Under Everyday Heroes Dealing With Workforce Stress

Nurses and midwives welcome us into the world. They keep us healthy as long as possible, and in the end, provide us comfort in those final moments. We rely on them in every aspect of healthcare and often forget the emotional and physical stress under which they work. Studies on nursing in Australia show high [...]

October 24th, 2017|Advocacy|0 Comments

An Inspiration for All: Lori Kirkland, RN

Lori Kirkland is an inspiration to everyone who wanted to become a nurse, but for some reason never had the opportunity. Or, for those who decided later in life that nursing was their true calling. Lori never considered nursing as a career field. She had the highest respect for nurses and the profession, but just [...]

October 19th, 2017|Advocacy|0 Comments

Everyday Heroes – VA Nurse Robert McManus, BSN, RN

Our world is filled with heroes. We have seen this constantly in recent natural disasters and critical incidents. But we also have individuals who work beyond expectations and give of themselves on a daily basis.  Barco’s Nightingales Foundation honors these “Everyday Heroes.” Robert McManus works as an ED (Emergency Department) nurse at a VA hospital [...]

October 17th, 2017|Advocacy|0 Comments

Hurricane Relief – Help Is Needed

All of us at Barco’s Nightingales Foundation are extremely grateful that our work in Haiti was spared in the recent hurricanes. Sadly, many of our own friends and families were impacted in Texas. As such, we are proud to contribute to the Hurricane Harvey Relief effort in Texas by providing water to the City of Beaumont. [...]

October 12th, 2017|Words from the Heart|0 Comments

Everyday Hero: Barbara Nichols

Barbara Nichols, DNSc (hon), MS, RN, FAAN, is one of the 50 most influential people involved in worldwide health initiatives, according to the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research. It was no surprise then, when the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) International, Inc. awarded Ms. Nichols its 2017 International Distinguished Leadership Award. [...]

October 10th, 2017|Advocacy|0 Comments

The Incredible Impact of Reconstructive Surgery

We are delighted to share this guest blog from our friends at ReSurge International. Through our work we are able to help fund surgeries that help children thrive. Thank you for your support.  ~Michael and Frida Donner Reconstruction Survery: Punkaj   In early 2013, ReSurge sent a team trip to Dehradun, India, where we have [...]

October 5th, 2017|ReSurge International Support|0 Comments

Everyday Hero: Tammy Dutler

Tammy is a labor and delivery RN with cross training in the NICU. She is employed at the UnityPoint Health System at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Tammy’s passion is babies and their mothers. Tammy does not consider herself as anybody special – just a person “put on this earth to be a nurse.” Everyday [...]

October 3rd, 2017|Advocacy|0 Comments

ALL Research Helps Pediatric Cancer Treatments

This month, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital published a cancer study that affects children starting treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).  In the largest study yet conducted, researchers focused on the safety and effectiveness of proactive antibiotic therapy to prevent infections in all patients during chemotherapy. The early weeks of chemotherapy often cause a drop in [...]

September 28th, 2017|Advocacy|0 Comments

Hot Lunch Program in Haiti Grows

We are relieved to report that the Barco’s Nightingales Foundation sponsored programs in Haiti did not suffer much damage from the recent hurricanes. And, we have some exciting news and project plans to share with you about our school lunch program. Benefits of a Hot Meal The children who receive our daily hot lunch program do [...]

September 21st, 2017|Haiti|0 Comments