Nurses have always served patients and communities on the frontlines of healthcare, but the COVID-19 pandemic this year has put the spotlight on their extraordinary contributions.
A handful of special nurses from across the Twin Cities were honored for those contributions during the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards ceremony on Oct. 23.
We’re proud to announce that Ann Forster Page received the Distinguished Nurse of the Year Award from March of Dimes, and three M Physicians nurses were recognized as finalists.
The March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards honors nurses for their outstanding work and compassionate care. Each year, nurses are nominated by peers, family, or friends. Finalists and winners are then selected by a team of qualified nurses.
Nurse Midwife Ann Forster Page, DNP, APRN, CNM, FACNM, won the Distinguished Nurse of the Year Award. While this year has brought on unprecedented challenges, her passion for nursing remains strong. “What gives me hope during this time is watching how all members of the healthcare team have come together for patients and for each other,” Forster Page said.
Two M Physicians nurses were finalists for this year’s March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards: Innovative & Non-Traditional Nursing – Tucker Annis and Leadership – Mary McMahon Bullis.
In total, eight nurses representing the M Health Fairview partnership were named March of Dimes Nurse of the Year award winners, while 23 more were recognized as finalists. M Health Fairview had more combined winners and finalists than any other health system in Minnesota, with finalists spanning 15 categories.
Nurses from Fairview Health Systems named March of Dimes Nurse of the Year award winners included:
Ruth Conoryea, Mental Health Award
Michael Petty, Advanced Practice Award
Brianna Fedde, General Care Award
Danyel Downs, Rising Star Award
Ryan Ruzicka, Friend to Nursing Award
Maria Raines, Leadership Award
Leah Chapman, Critical Care Award
Here are all the finalists representing M Health Fairview:
Ann Forster Page
Diversity & Advocacy
Education & Research
Friend to Nursing
Innovative & Non-Traditional Nursing
Mary McMahon Bullis