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Mercy College President Decker to Receive Papal Honor

The "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross,” a papal honor awarded by Pope Francis, will be conferred to Mercy College's Decker this weekend.

Dr.BarbaraDeckerPhotoweb.jpgPresident Decker joins 5 other local awardees who have developed specific professional skills which they generously use in the life of the Church.

BSN Student Elected President of Iowa Association of Nursing Students

Mercy College will be represented at both the state and national level by Mercy College Association of Nursing Students (MCANS) members who were elected to leadership positions within the Iowa Association of Nursing Students (IANS) for 2017-18. 


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Kambra Becker
2017-18 President of IANS
(2016-17 Vice President of IANS)

Lisa Judd
2017-18 Treasurer of IANS 
(2017-18 MCANS secretary)

In October, MCANS members and faculty participated in the 2017 Iowa Association of Nursing Students (IANS) State Convention at Prairie Meadows in Des Moines, IA. At the convention, Kambra Becker and Lisa Judd were elected to leadership positions - President and Treasurer of IANS for 2017-18, respectively.

In early November,  Becker and Judd traveled to the 2017 National Student Nursing Association (NSNA) Mid-year convention in San Diego, California.

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Top row from Left to Right: Jory Wallace (MCANS Treasurer), Lisa Judd (MCANS Secretary), Mary-Claire Li (MCANS Break Through to Nursing Chair), Daniel McCoy (MCANS President), Nick Bunger (MCANS Vice President), Ellie Youngwirth (MCANS Community Service Chair), and Marley Drake (MCANS Legislative and Publicity Chair). Bottom Row from Left to Right: Kim Bruett (MCANS Faculty Advisor) and Krissa Wiley (MCANS Faculty Advisor) Not Pictured: Larz Vinz (MCANS Mentorship Chair) and Sara Ryan (MCANS Member and volunteer delegate)


Both of the MCANS resolutions that were presented at the 2017 IANS convention, passed unanimously:

  • In support of increasing education and awareness regarding disinfecting portable electronics as standard environmental control.
  • In support of increasing parent education regarding the importance of early-detection and follow-up of infant hearing impairments.

While in San Diego, Becker collaborated with other NSA presidents from across the country on best practices for running a state association and tackling issues we each face at the Council of State President (COSP) meeting. Business included the selection of presenters and development of the program for the next COSP meeting (April, 2018 at the NSNA annual convention in Nashville, TN).  Becker was elected director of her respective district. She is very excited to work with the NSNA and represent COSP at the annual convention this spring

Judd returned to campus enlightened about the treasurers role in non-profit organizations as well as creative ways to fund raise for our state and school associations. She also felt the opportunity enhanced her understanding of the R.N. licensure process, how to maintain the R.N. licensure, and how to expand the nurses scope of practice through policy. She is very thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with students from around the nation state and school nursing student association chapters.

"MCANS and the Mercy College nursing students they represent could not have achieved these accomplishments without the amazing support and guidance from our faculty advisors Kim Bruett and Krissa Wiley. We cannot thank them enough for all the time and effort they put towards our success!" 

White Coat Ceremony Elevates the Value of Humanism

The Mercy College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is the only recipient in Iowa to be awarded with funding in 2017 for a White Coat Ceremony. This will work towards raising the level of professionalism within the field of nursing.

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More than 80 new undergraduate Mercy College School of Nursing students participated in the school’s first-ever white coat ceremony, a rite of passage that welcomes students into medical professions. The Inaugural Mercy College B.S.N. White Ceremony took place on Friday, November 10, 2017 at the St. Ambrose Cathedral in Downtown Des Moines. 


Author, Educator, Psychiatrist To Speak on The Basil Option

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Please join us for our next Faith and Healing Speaker, Dr. Abraham Nussbaum, Chief Education Officer for Denver Health, Associate Professor at University of Colorado’s Department of Psychiatry.

AMNussbaumFB.jpgDr. Nussbaum's message for our discussion on November 9th will be on The Basil Option: From Healthcare Reform to the Renewal of Medicine. Dr. Nussbam is also the author of the recent book The Finest Traditions of My Calling, which was reviewed in the New York Times. 

Read the New York Times review of Dr. Nussbaum's newest book here!

Josephine Norkaitis Student Success Center Opens

Today, leaders from Mercy College of Health Sciences and the Mercy Foundation dedicated and announced the opening of the new Josephine Norkaitis Student Success Center.

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Named for the late philanthropist and education advocate Josephine Norkaitis, the space is located on the Mercy College campus in downtown Des Moines. The Josephine Norkaitis Student Center provides students with opportunities to enhance their education through academic and personal counseling, tutoring and related support services.

Nominate a Colleague for the 100 Great Iowa Nurses Award

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The 100 Great Iowa Nurses award recognizes nurses that have made meaningful, lasting contributions to their patients, colleagues, and the nursing profession, and are viewed as mentors to other nursing professionals. This year’s honorees exemplify all of the principles on which the 100 Great Iowa Nurses Celebration was founded.
 
Nominations for 2018 are officially open, and will close on Dec. 31, 2017! Honorees will be announced on March 1, 2018.
Nominate a nursing colleague for the  100 Great Iowa Nurses Award today!

Diana Deibler Concludes 9-Year Mercy College Board Tenure

Deibler&DeckerAwardweb.jpgThank you to Diana Deibler who has served on the Mercy College of Health Sciences Board of Directors for the past nine (9) years. In her tenure on the Mercy College Board, Deibler served as the 2013-14 Chair, 2014-15 Vice Chair, and the 2015-16 Secretary. Deibler's final term came to a close in August, 2017.

190 Students from 56 Cities Earn Academic Honors

Congratulations to all 190 Mercy College students who earned academic honors for the Summer 2017 semester. 


To qualify for the President's List, students must attain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher, in their most recent semester, for a minimum of six credit hours.

Alter-Egos in Dialogue: Freud and the Health of the Christian Mind

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Adam DeVille-057188-edited.jpgJoin us for Mercy College of Health Sciences award winning Faith and Healing Lecture Series. We will kick off the year, and our annual commemoration of the Charism of the Sisters of Mercy on Thursday, September 21st at 6 p.m. in the Sullivan Center. Our speaker for Mercy Week will be Dr. Adam DeVille, Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy and Theology department at University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne Indiana. His talk is entitled Alter-Egos in Dialogue: Freud and the Health of the Christian Mind.

Mercy College of Health Sciences President Announces Retirement

Dr.BarbaraDeckerPhotoweb.jpgMercy College of Health Sciences announces plans for Dr. Barbara Quijano Decker to retire on June 30, 2018, ending her 12-year tenure as president of Mercy College.

Under President Decker’s leadership, Mercy College expanded facilities, increased the breadth and diversity of academic programming, and strengthened the ministry as a Catholic college. Her passion and persistence contributed to Mercy College’s favorable accreditation and performance outcomes, as well as the organization’s strong positive relationship with students, employees, alumni and the College board of directors.