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875 Future Health Care Providers from 5 Area Colleges Collaborate

The 2nd Annual Learning With, From and About Each Other Student Interprofessional Education Day, hosted by the Des Moines Area Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPE), focused on learning more about professionals’ roles and responsibilities in the health care setting.

Celebrating OUR 100 Great Iowa Nurses!



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


Paramedic & Nursing Students Learning Side-by-Side (IPE)

Mercy College BSN and Paramedic students participated in an Inter Professional Education (IPE) session where various simulations were provided for students to experience emergency room simulations utilizing mannequins ranging from geriatric care to full cardiac arrest. These experiences are in advance of clinical rotations to give students opportunities to translate classroom instruction and practice teamwork across professions.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing:Leading Change, Advancing Health, identifies interprofessional collaboration among health care providers as an essential part of improving the accessibility, quality, and value of health care in the United States.1


“I feel like the joint training between students in nursing and paremedics is valuable and will help establish better working relationships between the two.” John Gutzman, Mercy College Paramedic student

"I've always been a hands-on learner, so getting to experience a real-life scenario and putting our skills we have learned to use with other students helped bring everything full circle. The collaboration and communication between paramedic and nursing students is important to ensure good patient outcomes. Learning this now will hopefully solidify the understanding of that life-or-death concept." Lucas Stalzer, 2nd semester Mercy College BSN student.

The faculty who initiated the concept behind this IPE were Mercy Nursing Professors Brandi Tomlinson ASN'09, BSN'10, RN, MSN & Rebecca Orvella RN, MSN. Reflecting on the students actions, they noted "we were really excited to see future nurses in the making during the IPE experience, and confirms why we became nursing educators."