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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.

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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!" 

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!

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.

Join Us At the Iowa State Fair!

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Mercy College of Health Sciences will be at the 2017 Iowa State Fair!

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 is Mercy College of Health Sciences Day at the Iowa State Fair. As an "Official Red Ribbon Sponsor," Mercy College representatives will be located on the Grand Avenue concourse in front of the Horner Service Center. Look for our signage, stop by and say hello.
  • Mercy College will also have a booth in the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building from August 10-20.

Stop by and say hello to a Mercy College representative at the Iowa State Fair!

Mercy College Receives $84,000 DASH Emergency Grant

17-19_Dash_Grant_Recipient_H.png$84,000 Grant Supports Launch of Emergency Grant Program at Mercy College of Health Sciences. The funds will address financial barriers to help low-income students stay enrolled to completion. 

Celebrating Our Colleagues

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 
Mercy College Excellence Award Recipients

Each year the entire Mercy College community is provided the opportunity to cast their vote for Mercy College Employee Excellence Awards. During the 2017 Annual Employee Recognition & Excellence Awards event, the following people were presented with their respective awards.

Congrats to Michael Bohl '80 & Mary Schemmel '76! 

Congrats to Michael Bohl and Mary Schemmel, recipients of the 2017 Catherine McAuleyAward for Professional Excellence!

Mercy College originally created the Catherine McAuley Awards for Nursing Excellence to honor alumni and friends of the School of Nursing (or its predecessor program, the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing), for their lifetime achievements to the profession of nursing, their service to their communities, and their efforts on behalf of Mercy College of Health Sciences. Today, the Catherine McAuley Awards for Professional Excellence are sought and awarded to alumni from any academic programs associated with Mercy College of Health Sciences.

Class of 2017, it's time!

Congratulations to all 275 graduates of the Mercy College of Health Sciences Class of 2017, representing 11 academic disciplines hailing from 96 cities.


Mercy College 2017 Commencement Ceremony
Friday, April 28, 2017 

Pinning Ceremony - 1:00 p.m.