Published on March 11, 2015

13 Genesis Nurses Recognized As Great Iowa Nurses

Thirteen nurses from throughout Genesis Health System are among the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2015.  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 earning recognition for 2015 are Mindy Becker, RN, orthopaedic unit, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Petra Chase, RN, MSN, cardiac step down, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Linda Fish, RN, MSN, cardiac step down, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Barbara Hanrahan, RN (retired), Genesis Hospice; Adam Haut, RN, BSN, emergency department, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Faith McCleary, RN, MSN, regional referral center, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Amanda McLaughlin, RN, BSN, emergency department, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Colleen Mulholland, RN, BSN, MSN, emergency department, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Amy Nahnybida, RN, BSN, emergency department, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Brandon Nickerson, RN, oncology, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Nancy Ritter, RN, MSN, medical-pulmonary, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Laurie Rogenski, RN, BS, MHSA, quality, Genesis Medical Center; and, Cindy Skipton, RN, MSN, pediatrics, adult surgical, NICU, Genesis Medical Center.

Cheryl Curl of Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa is also a Great Iowa Nurse.  Genesis manages Jackson County Regional Health Center.

This year's 100 Great Iowa Nurses will be honored on Sunday, May 3 in Des Moines for the 11th annual celebration. The 2015 honorees will gather with families, friends and colleagues, as well as past years' recipients, to be recognized for their outstanding careers and achievements.

Genesis has had a total of 90 nurses named Great Iowa Nurses since the awards began in 2005.

“Each year Genesis nurses are highly regarded and recognized for their work.  To have 13 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, 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 is one of just six medical centers in Iowa with Magnet designation.   

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