Published on April 04, 2014

10 Genesis Nurses Recognized As Great Iowa Nurses

Ten nurses from throughout Genesis Health System are among the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2014. 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, schools and physician offices across the state.

The Genesis nurses selected for the 2014 award are: Andrae Eldredge-McMillan, RN, BSN, GMC-East Rusholme Street;  Penny Jagers, MSN, RN,  GMC-East Rusholme Street; Virginia Koontz, RN, MSHA, GMC-West Central Park; Joan McCann, MSN, RN, GMC-Davenport; Kim Nimrick, BSN, GMC-East Rusholme Street; Anne Pauly, MS, RN-BC, Genesis Health System; Nancy Pribyl, RN, GMC-East Rusholme Street; Susan Schuck, RN, GMC-West Central Park; Debra Ward, RN, BSN, GMC-East Rusholme Street; and John Williams, RN, GMC-DeWitt.

Karen Phillips, RN, Emergency Room, Jackson County Regional Health Center (JCRHC), also has been named a Great Iowa Nurse for 2014.  JCRHC has been affiliated with Genesis since July 2010.

This year's 100 Great Iowa Nurses will be honored on Sunday, May 4 in Des Moines for the tenth annual celebration. The 2014 honorees will gather with their family, friends and colleagues, as well as past years' recipients, to be recognized for their outstanding careers and achievements.
Genesis has had a total of 77 nurses named Great Iowa Nurses since the awards began in 2005.

"To have 10 nurses selected for this honor shows not only the quality of our nursing staff, but the depth of that quality,” said Jackie Anhalt, MSN, RN, MS, Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nurse Executive, Genesis Health System. “Our nurses are consistently recognized on both a statewide and national basis. We are proud that we work with truly great nurses and because of the excellent care they provide, our patients benefit.''

In 2005, GMC-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.

Last year, GMC-DeWitt received Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Pathway to Excellence® is similar to Magnet designation, but is for critical access hospitals. The designation recognizes health care organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel.
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