Published on March 12, 2013

9 Genesis Nurses Recognized As Great Iowa Nurses

Nine nurses from throughout Genesis Health System are among the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2013. 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 office nurses.

The Genesis nurses selected for the 2013 are: Kim Bush, BSN, RN, Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt; Michael Curry, BSN, RN, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Charlette Evans, MSN, RN, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Angela Guhin, RN, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Chelsey Hawthorne, BSN, RN, Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt; Annette Holst, MSN, RN, Genesis Health System; Julie Leonard, BSN, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Patti Said, BSN, RN, Genesis Health System; and, Brenda Youngs, BS, RN,  Genesis Medical Center, Davenport.

This year's 100 Great Iowa Nurses will be honored on Sunday, May 5 in Des Moines for the ninth annual celebration. The 2013 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 67 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 Jackie Anhalt, MSN, RN, MS, 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.

Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt recently 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.

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