April 8, 2014
Victor Duarte

Faculty member in Nursing Program at FRCC Campus in Fort Collins Wins Nightingale Award

Victor Duarte, a member of the Nursing Program faculty at the Larimer Campus of Front Range Community College, received the Nightingale Luminary Award for Innovation at the 29th Annual Centennial Nightingale Luminary Awards.

Duarte has pioneered efforts to teach using simulators. Simulators are manikins that can be programmed to present to students any number of medical situations. Through Duarte’s use of simulators, thousands of patient’s lives have been positively affected by the actions of his graduate nurses and student nurses.

He also initiated the Student Nurses Association at the campus and serves as the faculty advisor. Under his direction, the students have become involved in community health fairs, homeless shelters, and community food drives.

Duarte is a college leader in using a combination of online lectures followed by classroom learning activities, which is known as “flipping” the classroom.

The Centennial Area Health Education Center (CAHEC), sponsor of the award, promotes health care through professional and workforce development in 10 counties in Northern Colorado and the Eastern Plains.


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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.

 

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a retired soccer referee and newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.