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. Each year 100 Great Iowa Nurses are honored at a ceremony, created for the state of Iowa, by nurse and community leaders.
Once all nominations are collected, they are "blinded" (names of individuals, organizations, cities, etc. blacked out or abbreviated) for anonymity. They are then sent to a panel of reviewers, all past honorees, around the state. Every attempt is made to geographically separate the nominee from the reviewer, again to preserve anonymity, and each nomination is read by three different reviewers.
The nominations are given a score of 1 (do not select), 2 (consider for selection) or 3 (definitely select). Reviewers look for very specific examples of qualities that demonstrate efforts beyond those expected of the nominee within his/her normal duties, such as:
Concern for humanity
The scores are averaged, and those scoring a solid 3 are pre-selected as honorees, and all scoring below a 2 are removed from consideration. The remaining nominations are reviewed by the Great Nurses Committee, consisting of members of the Iowa Nurses Association, the Iowa Nurses Foundation, the Iowa Hospital Association and the University of Iowa College of Nursing, who select the remaining honorees.