Eight Mount Mercy alums and one faculty member were named to 100 Great Iowa Nurses this spring. The annual 100 Great Iowa Nurses event, in its ninth year of honoring nurses, recognizes the contributions these professionals make to their field while demonstrating courage, competence, and commitment to patients.
Mount Mercy alums recognized this spring include: Maureen Worland Adams '77, Mary Beth Hovda Davis '12, Julie Olson Gilmore '97, Carol Micka Johnson '94, Dawn Sherman Oxley '81, Joshua Petersen '04, Lisa Schemmel Rettenmeier '92, and Michael Sellz '06.
Mount Mercy Professor of Nursing Nancy Brauhn, Ph.D., was also awarded the prestigious honor. Brauhn retired from Mount Mercy this spring after 31 years of service to the institution. She began her career as an operating room nurse and worked in a variety of settings, including general surgical, pediatrics, neurosurgical and psychiatric. In addition to teaching at Mount Mercy, she ran part-time private practice in marriage and family therapy. Brauhn holds her doctoral degree from the University of Iowa, her master's degree from Loras College, and her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa.
Mount Mercy was one of the first institutions of higher education to offer a baccalaureate nursing 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 most recently, a nursing administration track.