Courageous Hearts

Courageous Hearts informs Barco’s NightingalesSM Foundation’s Community of Compassion ­— our supporters — about our work, our partners and the evolving needs of those we serve, while providing news and insights as an advocate for nurses and their profession. With four unique categories — ReSurge International, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, Haiti and Advocacy — you can easily immerse yourself in the topics you find most relevant or explore new ideas. Like most blogs, Courageous Hearts is a living, breathing forum, and we’d appreciate your feedback. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Resurge: Learn more about the children whose lives have  changed dramatically and about the volunteer medical teams that  work with ReSurge International to make it happen.
  • Camp Ronald McDonald: Share the joy of the children, families and  volunteers at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times while  learning the facts about pediatric cancer.
  • Haiti: Revel in the  beautiful smiles of the children of Haiti as you read stories of their  heartfelt gratitude and the impact of our work.
  • Advocacy: Learn about the need to advance the image of nursing  and how you can make a difference every day.

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. [...]

By | October 26th, 2017|Categories: 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 [...]

By | October 24th, 2017|Categories: 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. [...]

By | October 19th, 2017|Categories: 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.  [...]

By | October 17th, 2017|Categories: 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 [...]

By | October 12th, 2017|Categories: 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, [...]

By | October 10th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy|0 Comments