Published on March 28, 2019

Genesis Nurses Recognized As 100 Great Iowa Nurses

Genesis nurses Sue Jennings and Amanda Wesson are among the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2019.  The award recognizes nurses who have made a meaningful and lasting contribution to humanity and their profession and act as mentors to others.

Sue Jennings, MSN, RN, CNOR is director of surgical services at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport.

Amanda Wesson, MSN, RN, MHA, is nursing research and project specialist.

Each year, the 100 Great Iowa Nurses program asks patients, co-workers, friends, and family members to nominate outstanding nurses for recognition.  After undergoing a two-part review process, 100 Great Iowa Nurses are honored at an annual ceremony.

In addition to recognizing outstanding nurses, the 100 Great Iowa Nurses program also provides financial support to nursing students in MSN, DNP, or Ph.D programs. To ensure Iowa offers the best health care possible to its residents, scholarship recipients intend to work in Iowa after graduation.

Since 2005, 124 Genesis nurses have been recognized as 100 Great Iowa Nurses.

This year's 100 Great Iowa Nurses will be recognized on Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines for the 15th annual celebration.  The honorees will gather with families, friends and colleagues, as well as past years' recipients, to be recognized for their outstanding careers and achievements.

“Genesis nurses are highly regarded and recognized for their work. We are proud that we work with truly great nurses and because of the excellent care they provide, our patients benefit,’’ said Jackie Anhalt, BS, RN, MS, MSN, NEA-BC, Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nurse Executive, Genesis Health System. “Our nurses are consistently recognized on both a statewide and national basis.’’

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 Medical Center has twice received Magnet designation renewals.

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