Outstanding Nurses

Nominate an Outstanding Nurse

Nominations Now Open!

Submission deadline: April 13, 2020.

Has a local nurse made a difference in your life?

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine is in its 9th year of honoring nurses with the Outstanding Nurses Awards. We want to hear from medical professionals, patients, and families. Introduce us to exceptional nurses who are inspirational leaders, changemakers, and dedicated professionals—people who really make a difference when it comes to working with patients, colleagues, and teams.

We are looking for outstanding nurses in the following categories:

Administrative Leadership Advanced Practice Clinic Setting Children's Health
Educator Emergency Setting Hospital Setting Informatics
Intensive Care Mental Health Public Health Researcher
Long-term Care

In addition, we will award a Rising Star Award to a nurse with fewer than five years since certification, and a Lifetime Achievement Award to a nurse with more than thirty years since certification. Please note, all nominees must be board-certified registered nurses. 

New this year: Patients and families can submit nominations and share stories about how a nurse has impacted their life. A select number of nurses from this pool of nominations will receive a special Award of Appreciation.                   

To nominate a nurse today, select the correct form:

I am MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL: Medical professionals working in hospitals, clinics, or other care settings, or in the field of higher education. Nomination Form.


All entries will be judged by an esteemed panel of Twin Cities nurses working in the field. Outstanding Nurses finalists and winners, along with those receiving an Award of Appreciation, will be celebrated at an event in August. Winners will be featured in the December 2020 issue of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

Nomination Guidelines

A nominee must be a currently licensed, practicing registered nurse (RN) in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul Twin Cities metro area and surrounding communities. A nominee cannot be in active disciplinary action (licensure and standing will be vetted through the Minnesota Board of Nursing database). The nomination form (found at must include all required fields and adequte data to describe this individual, the role she/he plays, and the reasons for nomination. The nomination must stand on its own and sufficiently establish the nominee’s compliance with the criteria for the award. No external, supplemental data will inform it during the consideration process. All nominations must be submitted online no later than April 13, 2020, at 11:45p.m. Individuals may only win an Outstanding Nurses Award once.

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