Our Honorees Say …

We asked recent 100 Great Iowa Nurses honorees what this recognition means to them – and to the nursing profession. Read what they had to say below.

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When I received the nomination letter, it was a total surprise. I informed both of my daughters, who are also nurses, and my oldest daughter told me that it was a big deal and honor. We were on vacation when the confirmation letter was to arrive. I couldn’t wait to sift through the 12 days of mail to see if I had been selected. I was overjoyed when I saw the 100 Great Iowa Nurses envelope! I’ve been a nurse for the past 38 years, and frequently shot a prayer to God asking Him to make me the best nurse I could be – and not to give me anything I couldn’t handle.To be recognized for doing what I love to do meant everything to me, especially after 38 years!
2015 Honoree
I wasn’t expecting such a great achievement, and I know there are so many deserving people in Iowa. After hearing there were over 400 applications, I was in awe that I was chosen! I tell others who ask me about this: “I just do what I do, and I will continue to keep doing it!” I think there is a great need in the world/Iowa for great nurses, and I think that our profession can be thankless sometimes, but if we strive to do the best for our patients and our peers, we can strive to be the greatest! I am truly honored by this achievement. It means the world to me that someone thought that I could even qualify for something so grand (but I also think we can be hardest on ourselves, and our own worst critics!). This has been the most humbling experience for me; without the help of God, my family, and my coworkers/peers, I would not be where I am today.
2015 Honoree
I was on vacation when I found out that I had been chosen as a 100 Great Iowa Nurse. I knew it was the day of the announcement, but was so sure I would not be on the list. When I scrolled down to see my name, I started jumping up and down, and yelling to my husband. It was very, very exciting! It amazed me how many people attend the banquet, and how excited they were for all of us. It was very obvious that everyone there was proud of all 100 of the nurses chosen. When I was receiving the award, I thought to myself, “What did I do that was so great?” Apparently this is a common reaction of those chosen for this prestigious award, as the speaker spoke about this exact thing in her speech. As a nurse, I was just doing what I love doing. I have always loved nursing, and take any opportunity to learn more as there is always more to learn in nursing. I also pass my passion on to all the new and seasoned nurses that I encounter. This passion is why I think I was chosen as one of Iowa’s 100 Great Nurses this year. We will all be touched by a nurse during our lifetime, and recognizing those that go above and beyond is a great way to show appreciation. Thank you for sponsoring such an AWESOME program that honors nurses!
2015 Honoree
I was surprised and honored when I received the notice that I had been nominated. When I found out I had been selected, I was really surprised and overjoyed. My husband was so excited that he immediately posted it on Facebook and called family. Receiving this award has not only made me feel appreciated and honored, but it has also increased my confidence in my role as charge nurse. It has helped me to know that I am important and that I am capable of doing my job well. It also has helped friends and family who do not understand the role of a nurse have a greater appreciation of what I do.
2015 Honoree