100 Great Iowa Nurses
This year’s keynote speaker was Laura Baker, a nurse affiliated with UnityPoint. Beginning her nursing career in the early 1980s, Laura is an advocate for advanced practice nurses, and has helped mentor and guide nurse practitioners in their careers. She has also served as a co-chairperson for the Iowa Action Coalition’s Advanced Practice Nurse Task Force.
“On the pediatric unit at the hospital, she worked to make sure all the clinical needs of the child were met – and then made sure the child/mother/father were also treated like her own children and family. She would often be seen rocking a baby on her lap while she was charting her nursing care.” -2016 Nominator
“She jumps up to answer lights for all patients, regardless of whether they’re assigned to her or not. She is genuinely happy to help provide holistic care to patients. This past year, I got to experience having her as my nurse. I didn’t realize the impact she had until I was her patient.” -2016 Nominator
“I have never witnessed her being overly upset, rude, or condescending during frustrating situations or while dealing with challenging individuals. She can move equally well between planning the day’s staffing and facilitating admissions to the unit to supervising swallowing group in the dining room and caring for a team of patients.” -2016 Nominator
“Her coworkers share how, in her assessment of patients, even for a simple sore throat, she makes a connection on psychosocial issues. In working with adolescents, establishing trust within a short clinic visit is essential and never easy; however, for her, this is a true skill set. Her non-judgmental approach and sense of humor help teens honestly bring forward issues.” -2016 Nominator
“He is our charge nurse during the days on a frequent basis. He actually goes around to meet and talk with each patient before reading the notes. He realizes that he is more aware after talking to the patients personally. He also prefers to put more burden on his role throughout the day in order to make a nurse’s or CNA’s day better. He is often seen giving himself a higher patient assignment than his fellow coworkers.” -2016 Nominator
“After all the years she has been a nurse, she still has a passion for nursing and true compassion for her patients. She wants the new graduates to have the same passion and compassion she has. She will readily stop what she’s doing to assist or teach new staff to help them utilize the nursing process and develop their critical thinking skills.” -2016 Nominator