Photographed by Becca Sabot
Meet the winners of our 2014 outstanding nurses Awards, 14 amazing professionals whose stories have much to teach us about life’s deepest, most profound lessons.
About the Outstanding Nurses Awards
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's Outstanding Nurses Awards are given to top nurses in the metro area nominated by peers, patients, and the public.
This year, finalists and winners were chosen by judges with a combined 75 years of experience: Kristin Sandau, professor of nursing at Bethel University, who also works with patients at United Hospital; Allisa Simon, nursing education specialist at the Mayo Clinic and co-chair of the Mayo Nursing Council; and Terry Graner, chief nursing officer for Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Nurses are chosen based on professionalism, bedside manner, patient interaction, credentials and experience, impact on an organization, and leadership. Additional weight is given to multiple nominations from multiple sources and to nominations from patients.
For more about the Outstanding Nurses Awards, and for more on this year’s winners, visit mspmag.com/outstandingnurses.
A good nurse perseveres. That's just the beginning for Be Thi Ho.
Going above and beyond to comfort and heal patients, through complementary therapies and personal empathy.
Technology in nursing takes a backseat to interacting with patients, earning their trust.
Listening to traditions of the many cultures in Minneapolis makes Rita's work as a nurse-midwife flexible and sincere.
She sees patients, teaches students, and engages in scholarly research. Talk about a superhero.
A lifetime in nursing and pediatric care has led Koldborg to pass on her knowledge to the next generation of nurses.
A pioneer sexual assault exams remembered for making and administering her own evidence-collecting kits in the '70s.
Life-changing medications paved the way for solving migraines for good, but it's a delicate balance with patients.
A deep commitment to nurses that starts with a keen desire to listen.
Caring for our tiniest humans while comforting their families.
Nurse as navigator; health care in its most basic (and real) form.
Neonatal intensive care is no place for egos, just precision and empathy.
An intimate job that requires creativity and emotional strength should not be underestimated.
A nurse who's saved lives in five countries (so far) plays wingman for patients.
These finalists represent the top 25 percent of nominees for the Twin Cities Outstanding Nurses Awards.
An evening of fun and friends from Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, celebrating the most Outstanding Nurses in our city.