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Year of the Nurse

Today I Advocate

Nursing Advocates

At Sanford Health we recognize our nurses as patient advocates. They are more than caregivers. They are listeners. Teachers. Friends. They provide information and direction, calm and comfort. It's the little things that make a big impact. As part of the Year of the Nurse at Sanford Health we honor nurses as advocates and we thank them for the resolve it takes. This day. Every day.

Meet three women who advocate for our patients.

Niki Maag
Niki Maag
Dee LaDuke
Dee LaDuke
Sandy Thomas
Sandy Thomas


Niki Maag

Niki Maag, RN, is a hospice nurse in Sioux Falls. She went to school specifically to care for hospice patients. She sees her role as helping her patients live the highest quality of life no matter how long that life might be. Read her story.

Dee LaDuke

Dee LaDuke, LPN is a nurse at Family Medicine Bemidji. She sees her patients as part of her family and treats them the way she would treat her own family members. Every day she goes above and beyond to give patients what they need. But, she says, it doesn't take much. "A little TLC can go a long way." Learn more about Dee.

Sandy Thomas

Sandy Thomas, RN, runs marathons, rides Harleys, and delivers babies. Her over night shift at The Birth Place at Sanford USD Medical Center is always full of surprises. She experiences a spectrum of emotions and is there to do whatever she can to make her patients more comfortable. Watch Sandy's Video now.

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