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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!" 

Faculty Contribute to Diversity in Healthcare Professions Paper

Articletitle.jpgThe Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities extended a great privilege to Mercy College Faculty Dr. Bud Marr and Bo Bonner when, through coordination with Mercy College President Barbara Decker, the two were asked to contribute on the white paper “Diversity in Healthcare Professions: A Catholic Higher Education Imperative.”

Welcome to Mercy College!

Mercy College family, 
As we head back to school to start a new Fall semester and a new academic year, I would like to extend a special welcome to our new and returning students to campus.

We hope that as you embark on your academic year that you take a few moments to learn about or reflect on the College history and the mission of the Sisters of Mercy.  Their mission is the foundation of the College as we offer education in health care focused professional programs, blended on a foundation of a general education core of liberal arts and science (LAS), and mission fulfillment (our Core Values).  I hope that you grow to realize the significant role integrating LAS and mission through service learning and leadership has on your professional studies and career.

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both of whom are Mercy College students, to the Fall semester with a few snacks.

Alex is Here to Change the World

As I get ready for my first day rotating in palliative care, I wonder what is in store?

What am I going to experience? At this point in my academic career, I have a general idea of what palliative care is, but what I'm not sure of is how it will actually manifest itself. After only a few minutes meeting the team and discussing the day, my initial thoughts are why isn't this, palliative care, something that is more common? Why isn’t this being used across all healthcare settings?

PTA Program Celebrates 7 Years of Community Partnership

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program Celebrates 7 Years of Community partnership with Polk County Senior Fest and Health Fair & Special Olympics