Year of the Nurse

Today I Advance Patient Care

At Sanford Health we recognize the important role research plays in the care we give. We are proud of our nurses who consistently look for ways new research can improve patient care. Whether it's applying best practices at the bedside, helping a patient choose a clinical trial, or developing health and wellness programs based on new research findings, Sanford Health nurses know these advancements make lives better. As part of the Year of the Nurse at Sanford Health, we thank our nurses. This day. Every day.

Meet three of our nurses using research to improve patient care.

Bette Schumacher
Bette Schumacher
Cheryl Merry
Cheryl Merry
Kathy Baldock
Kathy Baldock


Bette Schumacher

Bette Schumacher is a clinical nurse specialist at Sanford Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls. Her job is to help nurses find practical answers to their problems and better ways of doing their work through evidence-based practice. By using research, she leads and collaborates with her colleagues to figure out how everyday actions affect patient care and how they do their job. Read Bette's story.

Cheryl Merry

Cheryl Merry, RN, helps cancer patients through the clinical trial process. She knows it's a lot for patients to keep straight. She's there to answer questions, hold their hands and keep their appointments straight. Anything they need while they receive advanced cancer treatment. Learn more about Cheryl.

Kathy Baldock

Kathy Baldock, RN, finds great reward in seeing research put to practical use. She spends her days helping people make better lifestyle choices and she does it through health and wellness programs. For Kathy's patients, research shapes the programs that help improve their lives. Watch Kathy's video below.


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