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Release: May 23, 2000

Mapel honored as Outstanding Nurse Practitioner of the Year

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Janet Mapel, a pediatric nurse practitioner at University Hospital School, was named "Outstanding Nurse Practitioner of the Year" by the Iowa Association of Nurse Practitioners (IANP) at their spring conference in Des Moines May 5.

Mapel, a graduate of the UI College of Nursing, became certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner through the college in 1972. She has worked at University Hospital School since 1976, providing services to persons with disabilities and their families. Award recipients are nominated by their peers in recognition of outstanding achievement in promoting the role of the nurse practitioner.

The IANP was established in 1975 and is designed to assist the nurse practitioner in improving and optimizing the quality of health care delivered to all clients. The IANP believes professional growth is essential for maintaining competent practice; the association provides continuing education programs, works toward certification of nurse practitioners, and facilitates and supports legislation as it relates to nurse practitioners.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.