100 Great Iowa Nurses
We have all met at least one outstanding nurse whose courage, competence, and commitment to patients and the nursing profession stands out above all others. May 3, 2015, marked the 11th annual celebration of Iowa’s Great Nurses. The 2015 honorees gathered at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines with more than 1,000 family members, friends, and colleagues to be recognized for outstanding careers and achievements. The keynote address was given by Dr. Sharon Guthrie, PhD, ARNP, CPNP, NCSN, RN-BC. Dr. Guthrie is passionate about school nursing, and was instrumental in getting a law passed in Iowa that requires every district to have at least one school nurse. In addition to teaching at Mount Mercy University, she serves as executive director of the Iowa School Nurse Organization.
“During rounds, she learned that one of our patients had been the first in the history of his county’s fair to receive the prestigious ‘Friend of the Fair’ award. He mentioned how he wished he could be at the fair to receive the award. So shelooked into how we could make that happen, and arranged for the agricultural association board to present it to him at our facility.” -2015 Nominator
“She has been my home care nurse for almost 20 years! Even though she moved into an executive leadership position, she maintained me as a patient to help with continuity of care. She treats me as a patient with cystic fibrosis, not as a CF patient – and there is a huge difference.” -2015 Nominator
“Her strong desire to further education and expand options for people in healthcare in order to provide better healthcare is admirable. In fact, during the survey process, she at times even educates state surveyors who are in the building leading the survey process!” -2015 Nominator
“She accepted the opportunity to develop a ‘new’ way to prepare staff for emergencies. This change in a long-held institutional practice was met with much trepidation and skepticism. She and her team responded to all doubters with a very thorough, well-designed curriculum and interactive educational sessions. They were able to change the course of emergency preparedness here. It is now the cultural standard here.” -2015 Nominator
“I’m in nursing school now, and she is my role model. When she stopped everything at that store and saved that man’s life, I was so surprised at how quickly she acted and how calm she was. It was incredible – like she was a superhero.” -2015 Nominator
“He works tirelessly on breaking down silos created between departments. He does this by teaching department managers to focus on patients not policies and procedures. He emphasizes the patient-centered philosophies.” -2015 Nominator