All nominations are reviewed:
Once all nominations are collected, they are “blinded” (names of individuals, organizations, cities, etc. are blacked out or abbreviated for anonymity). Nomination materials are then sent to a panel of reviewers – all past 100 Great Iowa Nurses honorees – from all around the state. Every attempt is made to geographically separate nominees from the reviewers in order to preserve anonymity. Each nomination is initially read by three 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 a nurse within his/her normal duties: