Six Minnesota Oncology Nurses Named 2017 Outstanding Nurses Awards Finalists

Six Minnesota Oncology nurses were named finalists in two different categories of Mpls. St. Paul Magazine’s 2017 Outstanding Nurses Awards. This year marks the sixth year of the Outstanding Nurses Awards. For these awards, finalists are chosen from a large number of nurses who are nominated by colleagues and supervisors and by patients and families of patients. This creates a large, diverse pool of finalists.


This year Minnesota Oncology’s finalists were selected for the Cancer and Clinic Setting categories – one finalist was selected for both categories.

Four expert nurse judges reviewed all of the nominations received. According to Mpls. St. Paul Magazine: “Nominations were assessed on a seven-point rubric that included: professionalism, bedside manner, patient interaction, credentials and experience, impact on an organization, leadership, and an "it" factor exemplifying kindness, compassion, and empathy. Additional weight was given to those who received multiple nominations from a variety of sources, and to those nominated by their patients or their patients’ families.”

Outstanding Nurse Award winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. Read more about the selection process and see the full list of finalists here.

Congratulations to the following 2017 Outstanding Nurse Award Finalists from Minnesota Oncology!

Monica Cook, RN (Saint Paul Cancer Center) - Cancer

Deb Daniel, RN (Waconia Clinic) - Cancer

Brenda Korth, RN (Saint Paul Cancer Center) - Cancer

Stephanie Mehrkens, RN (Minneapolis Clinic) - Cancer and Clinic Setting categories

Beth Schmidt, RN (Edina Clinic) – Clinic Setting