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Friday, August 7, 2020  

Colorado Hospice Organization to hold nurse writing contest Published 7/12/2002

by Jason Smith

The Colorado Hospice Organization has announced the Carolyn Jaffe Hospice Nurse Writing Competition, named in honor of a woman of multiple accomplishments.

Jaffe was the founder of the Hospice of Metro Denver, co-author of a book and the recipient of both an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Denver and the Nightingale Award for patient care. Complementing Jaffe’s varied and prestigious accomplishments was her ability to go above and beyond in her support and care for not only her patients, but in many cases, for those close to her patients as well.

Marilyn Spinner, vice president of development for Hospice of Metro Denver, described Jaffe as "an amazing, compassionate and dedicated woman." It seems only fitting the hospice writing contest with the stated goals of honoring and encouraging the profession of hospice nursing would be named in honor of one its most esteemed and admired nurses.

"Carolyn is the best representation of what a nurse should be," Spinner said.

"It was in her spirit."

The writing contest is open to any nurse who has practiced or is practicing hospice nursing with a duly licensed Colorado hospice provider.

The essays are to be titled "When Nursing Becomes Ministry: Nursing in Hospice" and should address what it is about hospice nursing that so fully satisfies the reasons the author chose nursing as a career.

The essays will be judged by Florence Wald, MN, SAAN, who was a key member of the interdisciplinary team that founded the first hospice in the United States, near New Haven, Conn., in 1974.

Should there be more than 25 entries, an appropriately constituted Colorado panel will conduct a preliminary selection, choosing 25 entries for Wald’s consideration.

The essays should be no longer than five, double-spaced pages in 12-point type and must be received by the Colorado Hospice Organization no later than Aug. 26.

The winner of the writing competition will be announced at the Colorado Hospice Organization’s Fall Conference and Exposition in Vail, Oct. 10-12. A $500 cash prize will be awarded.

For more information, contact the Colorado Hospice Organization via e-mail at, or call (303) 449-1142.

The Colorado Hospice Organization will host the Carolyn Jaffe Hospice Nurse Writing Competition. Jaffe, shown here, was the founder of the Hospice of Metro Denver.
The Colorado Hospice Organization will host the Carolyn Jaffe Hospice Nurse Writing Competition. Jaffe, shown here, was the founder of the Hospice of Metro Denver.
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