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Outstanding Nurses Awards Finalists

Congratulations to our 2015 finalists!

2015 Outstanding Nurses Awards Finalists
 
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine is proud to announce the 2015 finalists for the Outstanding Nurses Awards.
 
This year marks the fourth year of Outstanding Nurses Awards, and the largest to date. Twenty percent more nurses are finalists this year than last year, and in several new categories, including Mental Health, Public Health and Activism, and Military Service. This year’s finalists include more dual-category finalists than in previous years, and more finalists in the category of Lifetime Achievement. In a few cases, our expert judges moved nurse finalists to categories they were not originally nominated in. The result is the large, diverse, and truly outstanding pool of professionals below.
 
Many thanks to this year’s expert judges: Mandy Seymour (University of Minnesota Health), Laurel Edinburgh (Children’s Hospitals and Clinics), and Rozina Bhimani (St. Catherine University, Northpoint Health and Wellness Center). Their commitment and integrity as they completed the task of selecting these finalists and winners was inspiring.

Nominations were read and assessed by Senior Editor, Stephanie Wilbur Ash and three nurse judges with a combined 60 years of experience. Nominations were assessed on a seven-point rubric that included: professionalism, bedside manner, patient interaction, credentials and experience, impact on an organization, leadership, and an "it" factor  exemplifying kindness, compassion, and empathy. Additional weight was given to those who received multiple nominations from a variety of sources, and to those nominated by their patients.
 
Winners in all categories will be announced at a special awards ceremony on the evening of July 14, at the Muse Event Center in Minneapolis. Click here to purchase tickets.

For any questions or comments regarding this list, please contact senior editor Stephanie Wilbur Ash at sash@mspmag.com.

RISING STAR


Christa Carter 
Minneapolis VAHCS

Samuel Johnson 
HCMC

Lindsey Paitich 
Pediatric Home Service
 

CHILDREN’S HEALTH


Melissa Christensen 
University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital         

Mary Brown Kelly 
Pediatric Home Service

Krista Krejce 
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics
 

WOMEN’S HEALTH


Linda Cristinsen-Rengel 
Regions Hospital

Melanie Hanlon 
University of Minnesota Physicians

Bryn Thompson 
Minnesota Oncology
 

CANCER CARE  


Joyce Byrd 
Allina Health Virginia Piper Cancer Institute

Connie Brenna 
Allina Health Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

Teresa Chmielewski 
Health East

Maren Loftness 
Minnesota Oncology

Celia Mattke 
Minnesota Oncology

Mary Ann Scheller 
Allina Home Care

Alicia Wojchik 
Minnesota Oncology
 

INTENSIVE CARE


Marianne Acker-Fischer 
Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital

Marilyn Bye  
Abbott Northwestern

Donna Lindsay 
HCMC

Natalie Spurling 
Regions Hospital Burn Unit
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
 

LONG-TERM CARE


Rita Johanson 
Cerenity Senior Care, Marian

Mary Keith 
Medica

Nancy Zechmeister 
Cerenity Residence on Humbolt
 

CLINIC SETTING


Jane Anderson 
University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Ellen Franz 
The Urgency Room

Cynthia Love Olive 
Minnesota Oncology

Kim Marben 
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Lindsey Pogemiller 
HCMC

Bryn Thompson 
Minnesota Oncology
 

EMERGENCY SETTING


Ryan Aga 
Regions Hospital

Alisha Kennedy 
Regions Hospital

Cynthia Larson 
HealthEast Care System

Karen Poor 
HealthEast Care System

Dana Spande 
North Memorial Medical Center
 

HOSPITAL SETTING


Margaret Bebler 
HealthPartners/Regions Hospital

Katrina Hannah 
University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital

Terri Hobza 
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Kimberly Rose Kislia 
University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital

Natalie Spurling 
Regions Hospital

Jackie Stock 
Fairview Southdale Hospital

Mary Fran Tracy 
University of Minnesota, Fairview
 

SCHOOL NURSE


Melinda Fine 
City of Minneapolis

Lauren McNamara 
Edina Public Schools

Sharon Windorski
St. Paul Public Schools
 

FAMILY NURSE PRACTIONER 


Michelle Christian 
Dakota Child and Family Clinic

Julie Katsenes 
Minneapolis VAHCS

Kathryn Lindstrom 
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Lindsey Pogemiller 
HCMC
 

ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE


Jane Anderson 
University of Minnesota School of Nursing  
                                              
Linda Christinsen-Rengel 
HealthPartners/Regions Hospital

Kristin Epland 
Midwest Immunology Clinic 
and Infusion Center

Maren Loftness 
Minnesota Oncology

Tsega Orcutt  
University of Minnesota, Fairview

Mary Fran Tracy 
University of Minnesota, Fairview
 

MENTAL HEALTH


Mary Kay Borgstrom 
Fairview Riverside Clinic

Rebekah Orpen 
Alison Holt and Associates

Madeline Dageford 
PrairieCare

Beth Johnston 
North Memorial Medical Center
 

ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP


Denise Turk 
Fairview Health

Beckie Hines 
Summit Orthopedics

Madeline Dageford 
PrairieCare

Amy Taylor 
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
 

NURSE EDUCATOR 


Sarah Bowlin 
Minneapolis VAHCS

Meghan Braden
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Charlotte Martins 
University of Minnesota Physicians

Lisa Fitzgerald Swenson 
HCMC Simulation Center
 

NURSE RESEARCHER


Karen Poor 
HealthEast

Cheryl Robertson 
University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Renee Sieving 
University of Minnesota School of Nursing
 

MILTARY SERVICE


Tina Barnum 
Minneapolis VAHCS

Donna Korf 
Minneapolis VAHCS

Polly Rabe 
University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital
 

PUBLIC HEALTH, ACTIVISM


Elizabeth Binkert 
Sanford Bemidji Medical Center

Mary Brown Kelly 
Pediatric Home Services

Erin Patricia Murphy 
DFL Majority Leader of the House

Rebekah Orpen 
Alison Holt and Associates

Amy Taylor 
Gillette Children’s Hospital
 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT


Mary Jo Peck 
HCMC Inpatient Rehab Unit

Jackie Stock 
Fairview Southdale Hospital

Joyce Byrd 
Allina Health Virginia Piper Cancer Institute

Mary Duplessis-Tchida 
HCMC

Annette Wyatt 
Lakeview Clinic

Vickie Karney 
Minnesota Epilepsy Group

Katheren Koehn 
Minnesota Organization of Registered Nurses
 















 

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