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The efforts of nurses on behalf of the well-being of their patients is often overlooked, so to recognize the importance of these caregivers the Bismarck Tribune is asking for nominations of nurses who have made a difference.

Anyone can nominate a nurse who made a difference in their life or the life of a loved one. The effort to recognize nurses is being sponsored by CHI St. Alexius, Bismarck State College, Dvorak Motors and the Tribune in a campaign entitled “Nurses: The Heart of Health Care.”

“Few professions have a more profound impact on the overall health and well being of a community than nurses," said Gary Adkisson, publisher of the Bismarck Tribune. "From hospitals to doctors' offices, to nursing homes, to schools, it is the nurses unique ability for hands-on care and building trust relationships with patients that give us reason to join CHI St. Alexius, Bismarck State College and Dvorak Motors in the celebration of nurses."

Nominations will be taken Feb. 17 through March 17. After collecting nominations, an independent panel of judges will choose nine extraordinary nursing professionals to be recognized at a special luncheon event on May 9, during National Nurses’ Week, May 6-12. A 10th nurse will be chosen by the Tribune’s readership. The Tribune also will publish a full-color special section featuring the stories of the 10 winning nurses.

CHI St. Alexius is the lead sponsor of “Nurses: The Heart of Health Care” and Bismarck State College will host the awards luncheon on May 8.

“Nursing professionals make an impact on our lives, our loved ones and our community every day,” said Julie Ward, chief nurse executive and chief operating officer at CHI St. Alexius Health. “Our nurses go above and beyond the call of duty. I am proud to be a nurse and proud of my fellow colleagues for the patient-centered care they provide.”

Nominations can only be made online at Nominators are asked to fill out a questionnaire and provide a narrative on how their nominee has made a difference. Those making nominations are asked to provide the nurse’s name, place of employment, information on how they’ve made a difference and a photograph.

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