The Des Moines Register A Salute to Iowa's Nurses : Page 1
Des Moines Sunday Register | Metro Edition IOWA’S NURSES All across the state, nurses are being saluted National Nurses Week is a chance to celebrate the tireless work of nurses who play a key role in health care and patient needs. From emergency rooms to elementary schools, they are leaders, providers and health care experts. Nurses Week begins May 6 and runs through May 12, the birth date of nursing’s founder: Flor-ence Nightingale. During this week, the University of Iowa recog-nizes exemplary nurses through its annual 100 Great Iowa Nurses pro-gram. This year, there were 450 nominations sub-mitted by supervisors, colleagues and students. Nominations were di-vided into seven regions and sent to three review-ers to be judged anony-mously. A committee made up of representa-tives of the Iowa Nurses Association, the Iowa Nurses Foundation, the Iowa Hospital Association and the University of Iowa College of Nursing made the final selection. Award winners will be honored at a special cere-mony 3 p.m. today at Vet-erans Memorial conven-tion center in Des Moines. See the full list at www.greatnurses.org. And read on for stories about the advances in the state’s nursing programs, highlights of half a dozen nurses being honored this year, and more. A SALUTE TO Sunday, May 6, 2012 | Page 1AD Demand for registered nurses remains high in Iowa By ESTELA VILLANUEVA-WHITMAN Special to the Register The job outlook is promising, but a shortage of faculty means there may be a wait A ging in both the workforce and the patients being treated is creating a con-tinued demand for regis-tered nurses in Iowa. However, as students en-roll in nursing programs statewide, some are en-countering waiting lists created by a lack of facul-ty to teach them. First, the good news: The job outlook is promis-ing. In March, the U.S. Bu-reau of Labor Statistics re-ported that job growth in health care was outpacing overall growth in 2011, ac-counting for one of every five new jobs created last year. As the largest seg-ment of the health care workforce, registered nurses will likely be recruited to fill new posi-tions. The bureau’s employ-ment projections for 2010-20 also showed that regis-tered nurses were the top occupation in terms of job growth, increasing from 2.7 million to 3.45 million, or 26 percent in that time. See GROWTH, Page 2AD Registered nurses Steve Utter and Marcia Nielsen talk at the nurses station at Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines. BRYON HOULGRAVE/THE REGISTER Congratulationstothe 100 GreatIowaNursesof2012! Vickie Agnitsch Barb Allen ToshaAllen Andrea Anhalt PamBanks JulieBartmann LindaBestBaker DianaBohlke Lois Bonefas Myrt Bowers MelissaBraddock HeidiBradley Yolanda Brauer Barb Burkle DeborahCardin Jolyn Cataldo Sherri Church Lynn Colberg TerriCorio Rachel Creamer RussellCulbertson InmeldaDeAvila HoiDinh DonnaDolezal Brian Dotts Patricia Durand JerryDurham JolineDye DeborahEdgeworth Alisha Engel PeggyFolkmann CarolFranzenburg BarbaraFreyenberger DianeFangman Gehrke Angela Graham CarlaGranstrom JoeGreiner CarolHaendler DondeeHalverson Teresa Hardy Jennifer Havens Ann Head Amanda Herbst Janet Hosking LindaKalin KathyKleen DeborahKohler Jackie Kramer JoyceKron-Chalupa MelissaLamb Sheryl Lang AmyLeister LindaLindgren KristinMacDonald CarolynMarch AmyMarlow Sandra McIntosh DeeMcNamara Gail Meyer DebMoyer AmyMundisev KellyMuth Mary LeeNeuberger Patricia Niver Joan Nugent MeganO’Brien Lori Palzkill SarahPandullo Jill Petersen Jean Phillips Joan Prach Mary Ann Riesenberg SuzanneRita PaulaRiver Sandra Roberts CarlaRoman TamraRuff SarahRyan Mary LouSales Cathi Scharnberg BruceSchmidt KathySchneider Jeannie Schwarzkopf Benjamin Shaffer DianeSmith IdaMartinSorensen Sherry Spring Carole Stitt DebStockdale PriscillaStokes BarbaraSutton MavisTeSlaa Cheri Theulen Dawn Voss Laurie Walker PeggyWarren BeckyWelper Monica Wesely Brenda Winship RandyWirtz Nurses Advocating, Leading, Caring. HappyNurses Week to all of Iowa’s GreatNurses!