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University of Iowa News Release

March 20, 2006

UI Staff Honored As 'Great Iowa Nurses'

A total of 19 nurses employed at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City have been named to the 2006 "100 Great Iowa Nurses" list.

The announcement of the recognition results from nominations by fellow health care professionals and a review of the nominees by the Iowa Nursing Association. The 2005 listing of 100 Great Iowa Nurses included nine nurses from UI Hospitals and Clinics.

"This award reflects the strength and quality of our nurses," said Linda Q. Everett, Ph.D., associate director and chief nursing officer at UI Hospitals and Clinics. "This group of individuals represents the very best of our profession. We are very proud to call them our colleagues and pleased that they have received this richly deserved accolade."

The UI nurses among the 2006 listing of 100 Great Iowa Nurses include:

Linda Abbott, Rosemary Adam, Julie Aschenbrenner, Heide Bursch, Michele Farrington, Myrna Gordon, Renee Gould, Colleen Hoxmeier, Elizabeth Hradek, Sara Kendall, Barbara Kindred, Linda Moeller, Louann Montgomery, Ph.D., Laura Phearman, Barb Ryan, Karen Stenger, Cheryl Vahl, Michele Wagner and Susan Wells.

Approximately 2,000 nursing professionals work in the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care in UI Hospital and Clinics. The department received the prestigious Magnet Hospital Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in March 2004, becoming the first hospital in Iowa to earn the international award.

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