Six Mount Mercy alums named to '100 Great Iowa Nurses'

Six Mount Mercy alums have been named one of the "100 Great Iowa Nurses" for 2012. This year's honorees from Mount Mercy include: Carol James Haendler '81, of Cedar Rapids, employed at St. Luke's Hospital; Janet Allie Hosking '96, of Cedar Rapids, employed by University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; Deborah Rathbun Kohler '98, of Marion, employed at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; Carolyn Gagnon March '98, of Marion, employed at Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids; Sarah Schumacher Ryan '03, of Dubuque, employed at Finley Hospital; and Kathy Takes Schneider '80, of West Burlington, employed at Burlington Community School District.

A celebration to honor all 100 nurses was held on Sunday, May 6 – the start of Nurses Week. This is the eighth year for the event, which is held in Des Moines. Nurses are selected based on outstanding achievement in health care, showing courage, competence, and commitment to patients and the nursing profession.

Professor of Nursing and Department Chair Dr. Mary Tarbox said the nurses recognized are prime examples of the professional practice demonstrated by graduates of Mount Mercy.

"These nurses are involved in direct patient care, education, and administration," Tarbox said. "As they practice in the state of Iowa, they serve needs among diverse populations that represent all ages, cultures, and races in society. They continue to carry out the spirit of Mercy that is the legacy and future of the nursing program at Mount Mercy."

Mount Mercy was one of the first institutions of higher education to offer a baccalaureate program in Iowa. The nursing program was founded in 1969 and currently enrolls approximately 300 undergraduate and graduate students. Mount Mercy continues to advance its nursing repertoire through several tracks in the Master of Science in Nursing program, including health education and advocacy, and beginning in the fall of 2012, a nursing administration track.

An information session on Mount Mercy's Master of Science in Nursing will be held Tuesday, June 5, at 5:30 p.m. in Basile Hall's Flaherty Community Room. For more information, visit 

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