Mercy 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. 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:
- 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.
|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|
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.