Why We Exist …

We have all met at least one outstanding nurse whose courage, competence, and commitment to patients and the nursing profession stand out above all others. Each year, the 100 Great Iowa Nurses program asks for patients, coworkers, friends, and family members to nominate an outstanding nurse for recognition. After undergoing a two-part review process, 100 Great Iowa Nurses are honored each year at a ceremony created for the state of Iowa by nurse and community leaders.

Our 100 Great Iowa Nurses are honored at the beginning of National Nurses Week at an annual celebration in Des Moines, IA. Recipients from prior years are recognized, and new honorees bring family, friends, and colleagues to share in the recognition of their outstanding achievements.

Nurses selected for this honor represent many sectors of health care, working as nurses in hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, and offices. They come from all practice areas in nursing, including acute care, sub-acute care, school nursing, nurse leaders, academics, and many more. This statewide event belongs to the people of Iowa, and is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors. Similar celebrations are held in FloridaLouisiana, North Carolina, and Texas.

In addition to recognizing outstanding nurses, the 100 Great Iowa Nurses program is also able to provide financial support to nursing students in MSN, DNP, or PhD programs. (And we could not offer this financial support without help from our generous sponsors and donors.) To help ensure that Iowa offers the best health care possible to its residents, our award recipients intend to work in Iowa after graduation.

Our program’s goals …

  • Recognize nurses in all practice areas and across all 99 Iowa counties
  • Support the nursing profession and provide patients, coworkers, industry professionals, friends, and family members the opportunity to recognize nurses in their own communities
  • Provide current and future nurses across the state with scholarship opportunities to complete or continue their nursing education
  • Honor nurses who exemplify the highest concern for humanity and dedication to the profession, and who are the best role models to others
  • Support the IOM’s Future of Nursing report, which calls for 80% of Iowa’s nurses to have their bachelor’s degrees by 2020 and double the number of doctoral-prepared nurses
  • Raise awareness about the contributions of nurses to patient care in Iowa