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University of Iowa News Release

May 4, 2005

100 Great Iowa Nurses To Be Honored During National Nurses Week

We have all met at least one outstanding nurse whose courage, competence and commitment to patients and the nursing profession stands out above all others. The University of Iowa College of Nursing, the Iowa Nurses Association's Iowa Nurses Foundation and the Iowa Hospital Association have partnered to launch a celebration of Iowa's great nurses Tuesday, May 10, during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

The first-ever Great Iowa Nurses celebration will be held at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown to honor 100 nurses chosen by a panel of judges from among more than 240 nominees. Nominations were sought from around the state, and those nurses selected represent many sectors of health care, including hospitals, long-term care facilities and school and office nurses. The nurses were chosen based on their demonstrated concern for humanity, significant contributions to the nursing profession and leadership through mentoring.

The 100 Great Iowa Nurses will bring the people they love and work with to the event.

The idea for the event came from Louisiana, where a similar event has taken place each year since 1987. Many other states around the country have also created statewide celebrations of nurses. With grassroots participation and continued support, the Iowa partners hope to make the 100 Great Iowa Nurses a yearly event. All donations beyond the cost of the celebration will be used to create a scholarship fund for which all registered nurses in Iowa may apply.

Numerous sponsors contributed to this year's effort financially and with in-kind donations: Mercy Health Network, the UI College of Nursing, UI Hospital and Clinics, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Johnson & Johnson, Iowa Hospital Association, Covenant Health System, Inc., Donna Katen-Bahensky, TruArt Color Graphics, Genesis Medical Center-Davenport, Iowa School Nurses Organization, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Mercy Hospital Cedar Rapids, Hy Vee-Coralville, and Marvin and Rose Lee Pomerantz of Des Moines.

Visit www.greatnurses.org for more information, including a list of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses. For questions, e-mail info@greatnurses.org or call Liz Swanson at 319-335-7006.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Nursing, 101 Nursing Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Liz Swanson, 319-335-7006, elizabeth-swanson@uiowa.edu