From the Dean's Desk

From the Dean's Desk

Dean Julie Zerwic


Dear friends,

It is always a pleasure to celebrate accomplishments of our faculty, students, staff, and alumni. 

From editing and writing textbooks to testifying in congress, our faculty are positively influencing the education and health of our state and nation. Our students are making a difference in their communities, from providing much-needed healthcare services in rural Iowa to donating more than a gallon of blood. Our alumni are accomplishing great things here in Iowa City and across the world in Norway. And our staff are receiving university-wide awards recognizing their hard work and dedication. We would not be the college we are today, profoundly impacting our community, our state, and beyond, without the tremendous people who call the College of Nursing their home. 

I have had the opportunity to meet with many alumni who are proud of their Iowa education and emphasize the foundation it provided for their career. Our next newsletter will focus on mentorship, and we would like to feature your College of Nursing mentorship stories. Who made an impact on you and your career? What was that impact and how did it, or does it continue to, impact your life? We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for sharing your stories with us and your continued support for the College of Nursing.

Have a wonderful summer,

Julie Zerwic Signature

Julie Zerwic, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
Kelting Dean and Professor

Did you have a mentor at Iowa who profoundly impacted your life and career? Send us your stories so they can be recognized in our mentor-focused summer newsletter! Send your mentorship story to by June 15. 

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Associate Professor Karen Dunn Lopez, left, and Assistant Professor Anna Krupp

With a new grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, College of Nursing Assistant Professor Anna Krupp, PhD, MSHP, RN and Associate Professor Karen Dunn Lopez, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN propose to develop a decision support tool in the electronic health record. The goal is to make complex decisions about when it is safe to assist ICU patients out of bed more efficient for nurses. Currently, nurses look in multiple locations in the EHR for this information. The tool will summarize key patient information on one screen.

Harleah Buck, PhD, RN, FPCN, FAHA, FGSA, FAAN

Sally Mathis Hartwig Professor in Gerontological Nursing;  
Director of the Barbara and Richard Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence 

When cardiovascular nurse Harleah Buck began making home visits for patients and families caring for their heart failure at home, her eyes were opened to a whole new world. 

“For the very first time, I got to see how complicated it is, [and] that decisions to either follow their clinician’s recommendations or not is often a family process,” she says. 

“At that point in time, I really didn’t know what to do, I just knew we needed to do something better.”

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Outstanding Young Alumni Award

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Monica Samples, BSN, RN 

Monica Samples (20BSN) is the recipient of the 2023-24 Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Read more

Buckwalter, Daack-Hirsch recognized as leaders in nursing science

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Two nurse scientists from the College of Nursing were recognized with honorific awards at the Midwest Nursing Research Society Annual Conference held this spring. Read more

Distinguished Alumni Award 

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Karen Bjøro, PhD, RN

Dr. Karen Bjøro (08PhD) is the 2023-2024 College of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Read more

New scholarship established

Mardella Carlson and Julie Zerwic stand and smile for the camera.

The Mardella Carlson Nursing Scholarship is designed to provide one or more scholarships to RN-BSN students enrolled in the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Read more

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Zerwic receives 2023 Advocate of the Year Award

On March 25, Dean Julie Zerwic PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, was honored with the 2023 Advocate of the Year Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Dean Zerwic received this award in honor of her steadfast advocacy for nursing students, passion for nursing advocacy, and strong rapport with federal legislators.


Hunter elected to AACN board

Kimberly Hunter, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, chief nurse executive of University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and associate dean for clinical practice at the College of Nursing, was elected to serve a two-year term on the American Association Colleges of Nursing Board of Directors as a practice representative.

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One Day for Iowa makes an impact

One Day for Iowa, the university’s 24-hour online giving day, was held on March 27. Hundreds of Hawkeyes and friends of the college raised more than $17,500 to support College of Nursing student scholarships and the Master of Science in Nursing: Entry into Practice program. Thank you for making an impact!

Charisse Madlock Brown

Madlock-Brown testifies on Long COVID research

Charisse Madlock-Brown, PhD, associate professor, was one of four experts selected to testify at the January 18 Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing, “Addressing Long COVID: Advancing Research and Improving Patient Care.”  Madlock-Brown uses machine learning and bio-statistics to analyze large electronic health record data warehouses.

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New guide for advanced practice provider integration

“Advanced Practice Providers: An Operational Guide for Workforce Integration,” authored by Maria Lofgren, DNP, ARNP, NNP-BC, CPNP, FAANP (98MSN, 13DNP), clinical associate professor and director of faculty practice at the College of Nursing and two colleagues from the Carver College of Medicine, was released to high acclaim in December.

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Submit you mentorship story today

Did you have a mentor at Iowa who profoundly impacted your life and career? Send us your stories so they can be recognized in our mentor-focused summer newsletter! Send your mentorship story to by June 15. 

Smiling student giving blood and holding up certificate.

BSN student recognized as Gallon Grad

James Jacobsen (23BSN) was recognized as the first College Gallon Grad at the University of Iowa DeGowin Blood Center. Jacobsen worked as a student phlebotomist for two years while in nursing school and, according to the center, has donated well over a gallon of blood. 

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Faculty edit, author chapters in preeminent textbook

The eighth edition of "Burns’ Pediatric Primary Care", the preeminent textbook for advanced practice providers in pediatric primary care, was released in February and features the expertise of five faculty.

Clinical Professor Mary Dirks, DNP, ARNP, CPNP-PC, FAANP, is the co-lead editor and author of several chapters; Professor and Executive Associate Dean Sandra Daack-Hirsch, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Clinical Assistant Professors Andrea Achenbach, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, and Jodi Bloxham, DNP, ARNP, PNP-AC, PNP-PC, are chapter authors; Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Practice Programs Daniel Crawford, DNP, ARNP, CPNP-PC, CNE, FAANP, is an associate editor and co-author.

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Tell us your news!

Have you started a new job, gone back to school, or earned an award? Did you have a baby, run a marathon, or write a screenplay? Do you just want to update your former classmates about where you are these days? We want to hear it all!

Lead from the frontline

Ready to take your nursing career to the next level without leaving the bedside? The Master of Science in Nursing—Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program is for you! The CNL role has demonstrated effectiveness in improving outcomes, elevating current evidence-based practice, enhancing quality, and providing continuous leadership in the microsystem. 

Join us on May 29 for an online infosession and learn how this online degree program can help you lead from the frontline. Learn more: