Published on March 09, 2012

13 Genesis Nurses Recognized As Great Iowa Nurses

Thirteen nurses from throughout Genesis Health System are among the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2012.

The award recognizes nurses who have made a meaningful and lasting contribution to humanity and their profession and act as mentors to others.

The Iowa Nurses Association, Iowa Nurses Foundation and the University of Iowa College of Nursing collaborate each year to create this list, which celebrates nursing by honoring 100 nurses from around the state. Colleagues, patients, doctors, friends and family members submit nominations.

Nurses selected for this honor represent many sectors of health care, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, school and office nurses.

The Genesis nurses selected for the 2012 honor are:

Genesis Medical Center, Davenport

• Tosha Allen, MSN, RN, Emergency Department

• Heidi Bradley, MSN, RN-BC, Manager of Behavioral Health and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

• Lynn Colberg, MSN, RN, Manager of Nursing Clinical Support Staff/Pulmonary

• Hoi Dinh, RN, Dialysis Unit

• Deborah Edgeworth, RN, BS, Assistant Nurse Manager of Surgical Services

• Diane Gehrke, BSN, Charge RN, Outpatient Care Center and Preadmission Services

• Kristin MacDonald, MSN, RN, Perinatal Safety Nurse

• Carla Roman, MBA, BSN, RN, Director of Critical Care and Behavioral Health

• Deb Stockdale, RN, BA, Clinical Nurse Educator, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

• Peggy Warren, MSN, RN, Nursing Outcomes Specialist,Genesis Medical Center, Davenport.

Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt

• Melissa Braddock, BSN, Manager of Surgery

• Lori Palzkill, BSN, Manager of Acute Services

• Paula River, MSN, RN, Nursing Outcomes Specialist

This year’s 100 Great Iowa Nurses will be honored on Sunday, May 6 in Des Moines.

Genesis has had a total of 58 nurses named Great Iowa Nurses since the awards began in 2005.

“The quality of our nursing staff and the depth of quality among our nurses has consistently been recognized on both a statewide and national basis,” said Judy Pranger, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nurse Executive, Genesis Health System. “We are proud that we work with truly great nurses and because of their care, our patients benefit.’’

In 2005, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport was the first regional hospital to earn Magnet designation, which recognizes the highest standards of nursing care in the United States. Genesis received Magnet reaccreditation in 2010. Only 3 percent of hospitals in the U.S. have received Magnet reaccreditation.

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