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March 22, 2010

UI nursing professionals named to 'Great Iowa Nurses' list

Ten nurses at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City have been named to the list of 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2010.

The total number of nurses from UI Hospitals and Clinics who have received this recognition over the past six years now stands at 72. This year, a total of 470 nurses statewide were nominated for the honor.

Those recognized this year from UI Hospitals and Clinics are:

--Barbara Bezoni, staff nurse, Medical Surgical Services.

--Cindy Dahnke, nurse manager, Perioperative Nursing Division.

--Diane Eastman, advanced registered nurse practitioner, Pediatrics/High Risk Infant Follow-up.

--Melissa Gross, nurse manager, Intensive and Specialty Services.

--Maria Lofgren, advanced registered nurse practitioner/neonatal nurse practitioner, UI Children's Hospital.

--Jennifer Long, nurse manager, Intensive and Specialty Services.

--Toni Mueller, senior associate director, clinical services, Perioperative Nursing.

--Rosemary Noyes, retired staff nurse, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

--Jennifer Off, staff nurse, Medical Surgical Services.

--Anne Smith, advanced practice nurse, Center for Nursing Quality, Professional Development, Research and Informatics.

"We are delighted to congratulate our nurses for this well-deserved recognition," said Ann Williamson, associate vice president for nursing and chief nursing officer at UI Hospitals and Clinics. "Their skill, leadership and commitment to caring for patients and families are invaluable assets to Iowans."

Approximately 1,872 nursing professionals work at UI Hospital and Clinics, the state's only comprehensive academic health center. The hospital received the prestigious Magnet Hospital Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2004, becoming the first hospital in Iowa to earn the international award. UI Hospitals and Clinics also became the first hospital in the state to be recognized a second time as a Magnet hospital in 2008.

The Iowa Nurses Association, Iowa Nurses Foundation, Iowa Hospital Association, and University of Iowa College of Nursing have partnered to create this event that celebrates nursing by honoring 100 nurses from around the state each year. Colleagues, patients, doctors, friends and family members submit nominations.

A panel of past recipients reviewed 470 nominees and a committee of nursing professionals selected the final group of 100. Nurses selected for this honor represent many sectors of health care, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and school and office nurses.

To see the complete list of this year's and previous honorees, and for more information about the event, visit online at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Care Marketing and Communications, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room W319 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,