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Our 2013 Outstanding Nurses award winners span 13 areas of expertise, 40 years of medical advancements, and all walks of life.
Here are their inspiring—and surprising—stories of science and service.
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's Outstanding Nurses Awards are given to the top nurses in the Twin Cities metro area. Nurses are nominated by peers, patients, and the general public, and finalists and winners are chosen by an independent panel of judges and Mpls.St.Paul editorial staff.
Along with editorial staff, finalists and winners of the 2013 awards were chosen by two judges with a combined 50 years of experience: Sue Sendelbach, director of nursing research at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, and Michael Petty, cardiothoracic clinical nurse specialist at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
Nurses are chosen based on professionalism, bedside manner, patient interaction, credentials and experience, impact on an organization, and leadership. Additional weight is given to those who received multiple nominations from multiple sources and to those nominated by their patients.
To nominate a nurse, check back in February 2014, when nominations will open again.
These 49 finalists, combined with the 13 award winners, represent the top 25 percent of nurses nominated this year.