The Mount Mercy community honors the memory of Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the Clinical Simulation Laboratory Linda Groepper, who lost her courageous battle with cancer on July 20, 2011.
During her 21 years at Mount Mercy, the nursing department benefited from Groepper's high professional commitment to the advancement of education and technology. She was actively involved in facilitating the curricular integration of technology, including the development and coordination of lab preparation, which is required for nursing courses. She also supported staff development in the use of instructional technology such as simulations.
"Linda was a very dedicated, thoughtful member of the faculty," says Nursing Department Chair Mary Tarbox, Ed.D. "Linda was the 'spiritual heart' of the faculty with her strong faith, love of colleagues and students and her gentle soul. She will be missed by all who worked with her."
Groepper was nominated as one of Iowa's 100 Great Nurses in 2008, and was recognized for dedication to Nursing Education by the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning.
Her dedication to advancing the nursing profession led to a unique collaboration of nursing expertise and computer science ingenuity – creating a new product that will lead the way in training students to become leaders in their fields. Groepper was instrumental in helping develop new, full-featured electronic medical records software to benefit Mount Mercy nursing students, and hopefully, other students who have a passion for nursing.
The software, which has been named "Linda" in honor of Groepper, is designed to replicate software that hospitals use to record patient details; enabling nursing students to gain the software skills they will need in hospitals during their professional careers to electronically chart a patient's condition.
"Linda was a visionary educator, a compassionate health care professional and a trusted and loved colleague, says Steve Strong, who worked with Groepper on the creation and development of the electronic medical records software. "I will always remember having so much fun working with a special woman who knew what the word 'Mercy' means in our institution's name."
Groepper joined Mount Mercy in 1990. Prior to coming to Mount Mercy she taught obstetrical nursing in a diploma nursing program in Sioux City, and served as a labor and delivery nurse and worked in the pediatric bone marrow transplant unit at the University of Iowa. She also worked in area labor and delivery units and at Mercy's Hospice House. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Morningside College, and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Nebraska.