Local health professionals honored during Sanford Health’s National Nurses Week

Local health professionals were recently recognized during the 2022 Sanford Bemidji Nursing Awards.

RNs Samuel Lalone and Josh Tutland both received the Rising Star Award, which recognizes professional nurses in their first two years of practice.

Michelle Bublitz and Nicole Boll received Friend of Nursing Awards.

These awards are given to those who support nursing while valuing and enhancing nursing’s contribution to patients.

RN Jennifer Gieser with the Heart Failure Clinic received the New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements Award.

The Florence Nightingale Award was given to Aaron McCullough and Dorothy Greiner, both RNs in the med/surgical ortho unit.

The Transformational Leadership Award was given to John Hemmes and Tessa Hoffman, and the Exemplary Professional Practice Award was given to Eric Wichmann and Terrie Beehler-Denny.

Finally, the Spirit of Nursing Leadership Award was given to two RNs, Amy Bowles, manager of Inpatient Women’s and Children’s, and Joanne Greendahl, manager of Regional Clinics.

The recipients of the nursing awards were all nominated by their peers, physicians and staff at Sanford Health and received the awards during Sanford’s National Nurses Week festivities.

“This past year, so many of our nurses picked up the lantern to help where they could, led with integrity and compassion and continued to expand their knowledge of care,” said Kelly Hagen, VP of nursing and clinical services at Sanford Bemidji.

“I could not be prouder of our nurses and can’t wait to see where they will lead us as a profession and a health care provider for the community.”

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