Award finalists and their supportive families and fellow nurses came together in celebration of nursing excellence throughout the state. Fairview, HealthEast, and University of Minnesota Health were well-represented—with 19 finalists and dozens of colleagues celebrating their accomplishments.
Four nurses from our system were honored with awards. Teri Verner, DNP, RN, took home the award for Innovative and Non-Traditional Nursing for her work as Director of Integrative Services for the system. Susie Denton, RN was honored in the Neonatal category for her work at Fairview Ridges Hospital. Wokie Johnson, RN, who works at University of Minnesota Medical Center, received the award for Staff Nurse – General Care. Diane Miller, RN, won the award for Women’s Health for her work at Fairview Ridges Hospital.
Joy Nelson, nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital and a Nurse of the Year finalist, was thrilled to be part of the celebration. “It’s an honor to be nominated, representing St. Joe’s and Minnesota nurses everywhere. I’m grateful for the past and present leaders who have given me every opportunity to succeed, and for coworkers who cheer each other on unconditionally. What a team we have!”
Fairview, HealthEast, and University of Minnesota Health were the signature sponsors of the 2018 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards. Deb Hurd, RN, Vice President of Nursing Practice and Education, had the honor of opening the ceremony and presenting the Distinguished Nurse of the Year Award.
She says, “I am humbled to take part in this celebration of outstanding nurses. With so many finalists and four winners in our system, our nurses continue to demonstrate their commitment to providing the best possible care for patients. I am inspired and so proud of our nurses.”