Nurses Sharon Ashcroft, Kimberly Badowski and Kim Kelly were honored at Griffin Hospital’s Annual Nurses Week luncheon.

The annual luncheon honored the more than 330 staff nurses and recognized individuals for exceptional nursing during the year.

Ashcroft and Badowski were named 2015 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing winners. Originally developed by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut, the Nightingale Award celebrates outstanding nurses and elevates the nursing profession. The goals of the Nightingale Award program are to encourage retention, inspire future nurses, focus public attention and recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level.

The celebration also recognized Kelly with The Marie Santini Perioperative Nursing Excellence Award.