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Congrats to Our 100 Great Iowa Nurses!

Posted by President Barbara Q. Decker J.D. on Mar 8, 2018 5:02:41 PM



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.

Topics: 100 Great Iowa Nurses, Amazing Alumni, Amazing People