Outstanding Nurses

2012 Outstanding Nurses Awards

Recognizing the unsung heroes of health care.

2012 Outstanding Nurses Awards
Photographs by Stephanie Colgan



UnitedHealth Group Center for Nursing Advancement
Senior vice president of the Center for Nursing, responsible for the creation and execution of programs to advance the nursing profession

“As the largest component of the health care work force, nurses are critical to a modernized health care system. Nurses exist on the front lines and know what works and does not work in our health care system. Access to professional nurses means receiving care at the right place and getting the right treatment at the right time, leading to the best care and outcomes.”



Park Nicollet Institute Frauenshuh Cancer Center
Oncology research manager focusing on educating staff about clinical studies available and presenting consent documents to patients

“Studies have shown that clinical trial patients have better outcomes. Participants also have the benefit of a research nurse coordinator to monitor them and provide support and education. For example, a woman in her 50s with ovarian cancer had a particularly difficult time emotionally with her diagnosis and treatment. Because she enrolled in a trial, I was able to spend several hours with her.”



Ridgeview Specialty Clinic-Pediatric Integrative Medicine
Certified pediatric nurse practitioner focusing on care and guidance for pediatric patients and their families from a holistic perspective

"With a multidisciplinary approach, providers, patients, and families work together for the patient. For example, one patient received medical care from me for ADHD and anxiety while working with a child psychologist on emotional and behavioral aspects. He also benefited from services from an academic therapist in our clinic and occupational therapy at a Ridgeview network clinic. Parents also began to use skills that had been taught. Working together, the patient’s concerns were addressed through different approaches for the mind, body, and spirit.”

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North Metro Pediatrics
Executive director, co-founder, and a primary care provider at North Metro Pediatrics, a nonprofit pediatric primary care clinic for uninsured/underinsured children

“There was a young man who was not going to be able to participate in track his senior year because he needed a sports physical and his father had lost his job and insurance. When the family came to the sports physical night at his school (a collaborative effort by school nurses, trainers, and North Metro Pediatrics) to receive his $20 physical, his mother was teary-eyed. The physical meant he had a chance at a college scholarship.”


“I ask myself, ‘How would I want someone to care for my grandfather, parents, or sister?’”
— Tricia Daly


United Hospital, Allina Health
Registered nurse in the patient care float pool working in most units of the hospital, including surgery, orthopedics, neurology, epilepsy, and oncology

“I strive to do little things every day. Whether that means reassuring an anxious patient or bringing a patient a warm blanket, I make a conscious effort to make them feel someone truly cares.

“My inclination to care for others extends beyond the hospital. I travel to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, twice a year with medical-surgical brigades at the Holy Family Surgery Center located on the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Orphanage. I’ve cultivated a love for other cultures and fervor for serving marginalized citizens who need quality health care.”

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