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Hometown Hawkeye: Dan Lose

On one of the busiest patient floors at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Nurse Manager Dan Lose, a 2016 doctor of nursing practice (DNP) graduate of the UI College of Nursing, oversees a staff of 140, an annual budget of $10 million, and a daily churn of patients that puts his medical and management skills to the test.

Alumna Receives National VA Award for Health Care Excellence

University of Iowa College of Nursing alumna Mary Ann Nihart (BSN ′77 and MA in ′81) APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PM, was recently presented with the 2018 Department of Veterans Affairs’ John D. Chase Award for Executive Excellence in Health Care.

“While I was so humbled to receive this award, I’m proud of my nurses and those I work with every day to provide the best health care for Bay Area Veterans. This award is about all of them,” said Nihart.

Alumna’s Biotech Firm Receives Funding from JDRF

ImmusanT secures funding for peptide immunotherapy research

Leslie Jansa Williams (BSN ’82), founder, president and CEO of ImmusanT, a biotechnology company focused on developing treatment, diagnostic and monitoring tools for patients with autoimmune diseases such as Celiac disease, received an investment from the JDRF T1D Fund, a venture philanthropy fund exclusively devoted to finding and funding the best type 1 diabetes (T1D) commercial opportunities.

IONL Awarded 2018 AONE Affiliate Award

The Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders (IONL) recently learned that it won the 2018 AONE Affiliate Achievement Award. Jennifer Nutt is currently the director of IONL. In addition to this executive leadership role, Nutt has more than 10 years of nursing experience in the inpatient setting and holds two degrees—a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice focusing on Health Systems—both from the University of Iowa. 

Alumna Pens New Book

University of Iowa College of Nursing alumna Linda Gerdner (MA ’92, PhD ’98) recently wrote “Musical Memories” – an innovative new story book for children and their families that is designed to introduce the reader to Alzheimer's Disease and the profound effect that individualized music can have on those suffering from this debilitating illness. 

Shelter from the Storm

Growing up just north of Miami, Florida, Ashley Collins Roy was accustomed to experiencing some of Mother Nature’s wrath, including significant weather events such as hurricanes. So as this University of Iowa College of Nursing alumna watched the devastation unfold as Hurricane Harvey made landfall in coastal Texas, she immediately knew she wanted to be a part of the recovery efforts.

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