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Celebrating OUR 100 Great Iowa Nurses!

Posted by Jim Tagye on May 1, 2015 2:07:00 PM



Dr. Shirley Beaver, Dean of the School of Nursing, at Mercy College has been selected for recognition as one of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2015. This award recognizes nurses "that have made a meaningful and lasting contribution to humanity and the nursing profession." 

Read Shirley's Story ( 4-minute read )


Joining Beaver are seven alumnae of the College - see below to learn their name, academic discipline, graduation year, work place, and place of residence.

This year, 500 nominations were received for this recognition.  The nominations were first reviewed by past recipients.  Final selection is determined by representatives of the Iowa Hospital Association, Iowa Nurses Association, Iowa Nurses Foundation and The University of Iowa College of Nursing.


 Mercy College Congratulates
Our 2015 Honorees


  • Dr. Shirley Beaver, RN, NEA-BC,
    Dean of the School of Nursing,
    Mercy College of Health Sciences

    Clive Resident

  • Lori Bailey
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    Class of 1999
    HCI Care Services
    Knoxville Resident

  • Barb Bybee
    Emergency Medical Technician 1,
    Class of 1975
    Mercy Medical Center — Des Moines
    Plesantville Resident

  • Rudy Coady
    Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration,
    Class of 2012

    UnityPoint at Home
    Norwalk Resident

  • Erika Frazer
    Associate of Science in Nursing,
    Class of 2005

    HCI Care Services
    Ankeny Resident

  • Christine Mentz
    Diploma Class of 1989,
    University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
    Iowa City Resident

  • Christina Sailors
    Associate of Science in Nursing,
    Class of 2006
    Pella Regional Health Center
    Knoxville Resident

  • Paula Williams
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    Class of 2009
    Mercy Hospice
    Indianola Resident

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