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Solving the Nursing Shortage: 5 Pathways to Become a Nurse

 
173F3862Our nation’s population is aging and the nursing workforce is retiring. The disparity between the need for nurses and individuals who are ready to assume those roles continues to grow daily. And yet, in communities across the country, nursing programs have been forced to reject student applications amid this dramatic nursing shortage.

For many colleges and universities, the inability to find qualified clinical sites and experienced nursing faculty has left them unable to accept students into their programs. In some states, the required student to faculty ratio in patient care settings has changed from ten, to eight, and in some states, six students per individual faculty member. This change has caused some programs to downsize the number of nursing students they accept.

Shout Out to The Class of 2018!

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Congratulations to all 305 graduates of the Mercy College of Health Sciences Class of 2018, representing 12 academic disciplines from 116 cities in 11 states and 5 countries.

 
Friends and family from far and wide celebrated the milestones of their loved ones who are entering the next chapter of their lives.

Watch the Student Speakers Deliver their Remarks Below

Justin GillJustin Michael Gill, BSN
Before attending Mercy College of Health Sciences, Justin graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Science Education with endorsements in biology, general science, physical science, and coaching. He taught middle school science for seven years and coached middle school track and wrestling. As an educator at Saint Theresa Catholic School, Justin helped redevelop the diocesan science curriculum, initiate a kindergarten - 8th grade STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program, organized the installment and utilization of a school garden to help offset the cost of the lunch program, and was nominated for the Iowa’s Inspirational Teacher award.

Join Us April 16 to Dedicate our New Academic Center for Excellence!

ACEPicFINALThe work is complete and it’s time to celebrate the opening of Mercy College of Health Science’s new Academic Center for Excellence, located at 921 6th Ave. in Des Moines.

On Monday, April 16, from 4 -7 p.m., Mercy College will host a community open house. A brief dedication program will be held at 5:30 p.m. to officially open the center. The Academic Center for Excellence is home to state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories.

Earn Your $2,500 Completion Bonus & Become a BSN in 12 months

RN to BSN $As a registered nurse (RN) you may be eligible to enroll in Mercy College's revised RN to BSN program, and upon graduation, could earn $2,500!

For more than 20 years, Mercy College has been a leader in educating RN to BSN nurses.  Recently, Mercy College announced exciting changes to our RN to BSN program.  One aspect that did not change was a deeply developed commitment to prepare knowledgeable, competent B.S.N. nurses.

Get RN to BSN program & $2,500 Completion Bonus   information

#SpeakForHealth & #GetInvolved National Public Health Week April 2-8

Join us in celebrating National Public Health Week and become part of a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. We're celebrating the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system.

Georgetown Faculty to Speak on Moral Problems of Modern Medicine

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Public Health Shines the Light on the Opioid Crisis in Iowa

JoelleStolteMercy College has launched a bachelor of science program in public health, a program whose time has come, according to Joelle Stolte, MPH, PhD(c), chair of the new program.

The program at Mercy College is the first of only three undergraduate public health programs in Iowa,” she said. “Traditionally, public health has been more of a master’s level program, but Mercy College recognized the urgent need to build a pool of public health professionals at the undergraduate level.”

Dr. Ann Garvey - Infectious Disease: It’s Contagiously Catchy


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Join us for the 13th Annual Research Symposium 

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Congrats to Our 100 Great Iowa Nurses!

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Dr. Nancy Kertz, Dean of the School of Nursing at Mercy College, has been selected for recognition as one of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2018.


"I am pleased to announce the recent selection of Dr. Nancy Kertz, Dean of Nursing, as a 2018 recipient of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses. Each year a state-wide nursing committee identifies 100 outstanding Iowa nurses who demonstrate courage, competence, and commitment to the nursing profession and to patients." President Barbara Quijano Decker, J.D.

Initiated in 2005, this program promotes professional nursing in Iowa by financially supporting the continued education of future nurse leaders. As reflected on their website, the following principles are considered in the selection of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses: 

Nurses who:

  • Have made meaningful, lasting contributions to the profession;
  • Are viewed as a mentor to other nursing professionals; and,
  • Go above and beyond to contribute significantly to the profession of nursing.

Dr. Kertz exemplifies all of these principles! We are proud of her accomplishments and being recognized for this award.  Please join me in congratulating Nancy and our other Mercy College alumni on this prestigious honor.


Congratulations to the following Mercy College alumni who are honorees for 2018:
Name Employer Degree, Class Year
Meredith Willey DMACC B.S. in Nursing, 2009
Joselle Beth Lawless Lucas County Health Center Nursing Diploma, 1993
Joni De Kok Sanford Sheldon Medical Center Nursing Diploma, 1994
 
Check out the Entire List of 100 Iowa Great Nurse 2018 Honorees

On May 6, 2018, Dr. Kertz, our three alumni and the rest of the honorees will be formally recognized at the 14th annual celebration of Iowa’s Great Nurses. The 2018 honorees will gather at the Iowa Events Center’s Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines – along with more than 1,000 family members, friends, and colleagues – to be recognized for outstanding careers and achievements.

Mercy College Announces New President, Douglas J. Fiore, Ph.D.

Mercy College of Health Sciences Announces Third President, Douglas J. Fiore, Ph.D.

Douglas J. FioreFINAL.jpgDes Moines, Iowa (February 23, 2018) – Mercy College of Health Sciences Board of Directors has named Douglas J. Fiore, Ph.D., to serve as the College’s next president. Fiore will succeed Barbara Quijano Decker, J.D., who announced her retirement in August 2017 after 12 years of leading Mercy College. Fiore will be working with President Decker in a period of onboarding to enable a seamless transition. Effective June 10, 2018, Fiore will begin his new role as President of the College.