UI Health Care nurses honored as part of 2017’s ‘100 Great Iowa Nurses’

In honor of National Nurses Week, May 6 to 12, nineteen UI Health Care nurses were honored on Sunday, May 7, 2017, as part of the statewide 100 Great Iowa Nurses ceremony in Des Moines. 

This year’s “100 Great Iowa Nurses” from UI Health Care

Thank you for all you do to provide outstanding patient-focused care every day.

This year’s UI Health Care honorees are:

  • Debra Benner-Hahn, BSN, RN, CCRN, staff nurse, ISS Nursing/Medical ICU, UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • Kristine Bonnett, MSN, ARNP, PNP, Pediatric Urology, UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • Sara Caven, MSN, RN, program director, Nursing Recruitment/Magnet, UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • Julie Cayler, MSN, ARNP, ANP-BC, RN-BC, clinical health care research manager, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science/Clinical Research Unit, UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • Megan Davis-Degeus, MSN, MNHP, family nurse practitioner, Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Team, UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • Cindy Digmann, BSN, RN, CPHON, staff nurse, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital
  • Rhonda Fruhling, MS, MHCDS, ARNP, CDE, diabetes education program coordinator, Medical-Surgical Services, Diabetes Education, UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • Katie Harris, BSN, RN, CEN, University of Iowa AirCare 3 chief flight nurse, based at Mercy Dubuque
  • Elaine MacClure, BSN, RN, CCRP, clinical health care research associate, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science/Clinical Research Unit, UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • Chelsey Pangburn, BSN, RN, pediatric surgery nurse, UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital
  • Carla Pies, DNP, ARNP, ACHPN, hospitalist, Supportive and Palliative Care, UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • Nicholas Poch, DNP, RN, CNL, nurse manager, Medical-Surgical Nursing/Surg Specialty Services, UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • Jolyn Schneider, BSN, RN, PCCN, nurse manager, Intensive and Specialty Services, Burn/Trauma Center/Burn Cl, UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • Barbara Schuessler, MSN, RN, MBA, CPEN, associate director of nursing, Emergency Medicine, UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • Hillary Storm, MSN, RN, CNOR, nursing practice leader, Perioperative Nursing, UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • Kim Tew, BSN, RN, staff nurse, CNO/Resource Nurse, Critical Care Float, UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • John Wagner, MA, RN-BC, director of nursing, Behavioral Health Services, UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • Brian Wayson, MSN, ARNP, A/GNP NP-C, hospitalist/Adult Cystic Fibrosis program coord., Adult Pulmonary, UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • Emily Wynn, BSN, RN,  MBA, CCRN, interim associate chief nursing officer, Nursing Administration, UI Hospitals and Clinics

See the full list of the 2017 100 Great Iowa Nurses.

Nurses selected for this honor represent many sectors of health care across the state, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and school and office nurses. These exemplary nurses are selected based on their concern for humanity, their contribution to the community and to the nursing profession, their leadership and mentoring.

A total of 158 nurses from UI Hospitals and Clinics and University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital have been honored in the 13-year history of this event.

About 100 Great Iowa Nurses

100 Great Iowa Nurses is a nonprofit program that honors great nurses in Iowa, and funds financial awards to support the education of Iowa nurses. Established in 2004, the program recognizes qualities that demonstrate efforts beyond those expected of a nurse within his/her normal duties, such as concern for humanity, significant contribution to the profession, and mentoring. For more information, visit greatnurses.org