Staff Spotlight – Mendi Schmelzel, MSN-RN, RNC-NIC

Mendi is a Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator for the Division of Neonatology.

I operationalize research protocols in the NICU and collaborating departments. I graduated from the University of Iowa with my BSN in 2003. During nursing school I worked as a Nursing Assistant in the Burn Unit. After college I pursued a career in Neonatology. I worked as a Staff Nurse in 5 different Neonatal Intensive Care Units throughout the country. I graduated from my Master of Nursing Education Program in 2017 and delightfully stumbled across an open position for a Research Coordinator in Neonatology… a perfect fit.

Part of my job includes being an active member of the Iowa Neonatal Clinical Research Committee (INCRC). I am very proud to be a member of this multi-disciplinary committee that advocates for infants and their families by supporting investigators to conduct research in the NICU. If someone is interested in conducting research in the NICU please start the process by completing the following survey https://is.gd/incrcapplication.

I was born at Mercy here in Iowa City then grew up in Bettendorf, IA. After college I lived in Ankeny, IA; Tucson, AZ; Plainfield IL; and now back to Iowa City, IA. My husband, of 15 years, and I enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, and outdoor activities with our one and only fur-baby Izzy.

I have enjoyed a yoga practice for many years, sprinkling in all varieties. My current fav is stand up paddle board (SUP) yoga and getting a headstand in on the board! I won’t lie it is challenging.

Favorite restaurant? In town currently Goose Town. The one I miss the most Wild Tuna in Naperville, IL.

Fun fact: I spent 6 days on the USNS Comfort with Operation Smile- we completed 25 surgeries a day for 5 days. The experience and smiles were unforgettable!

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