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Student Organizations - Association of Graduate Nursing Students (AGNS)

The College of Nursing Association of Graduate Nursing Students (AGNS) enables graduate students to have a voice in issues important to their experience at the University of Iowa, and as future leaders of the nursing profession. AGNS also nominates student representatives to serve on the College of Nursing Academic Council and on the University Graduate Student Senate.

Membership is conferred on all MSN, DNP and PhD students upon admission to the College of Nursing.

The purpose of AGNS is to promote the academic and professional development of graduate nursing students through organized meetings, advocacy, virtual needs assessment, and social events designed to encourage graduate students in nursing, who are spread throughout the global community, to meet one another and to form connections.

2019-2020 AGNS Officers
Your officers are here to represent you and advocate for your needs as graduate students in the Graduate College and/or the College of Nursing. Please remember to contact any officers with concerns, comments, or ideas.

PRESIDENT -- Krista Grutz

Krista GrutzKrista Grutz is a fourth-year Family Nurse Practitioner student living in Dubuque, IA. She was vice president during the 2018-2019 school year and represented the College of Nursing on the Graduate Student Senate from 2017-2018 while also serving as co-chair of the Service and Social committee. She continues on the AGNS board with the belief that everyone's voice should be heard whether they are on or off-campus. Krista works as a staff nurse on the Specialty Surgery unit at UIHC and enjoys teaching yoga throughout her community.

VICE PRESIDENT --  Laura Budde

Laura BuddeLaura Budde is a fourth-year AGPCNP student and works as an Intensive Care Staff Nurse at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. She attended the University of Iowa for her BSN and is happy to be completing her graduate degree at her alma mater. She joined AGNS because she wanted to connect with other graduate nursing students and stay in touch with what's happening on campus. Last year, Laura served as President and is excited to serve as Vice President this year. Laura is thrilled to work with the new active members on the board and expand our connections on campus and in the community.  

Treasurer & Secretary -- Margaret Brimeyer

Margaret BrimeyerMargaret Brimeyer is a fourth-year Pediatric DNP primary care and acute care dual program student. She works as a staff nurse in inpatient pediatrics at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, as well as a lecturer for the College of Nursing. She joined AGNS because she wanted to become more involved with the College of Nursing and interact more with other graduate nursing students and faculty.

DNP Representative -- Tyneisha Orr​

Tyneisha OrrTyneisha Orr is a second-year Pediatric DNP acute care and primary care dual program student. She works as staff nurse in the Pediatric Emergency Department in Des Moines, Iowa. She joined AGNS because she wanted to encourage more minorities to pursue careers in nursing and advanced nursing practice. Also, she wanted to become more involved with the College of Nursing, graduate students, and faculty.

Technology Representative -- Nina Laroe​

Nina LaRoeThis year I will be serving as the Technology Representative. I joined AGNS to become more involved and make a difference in our program! This Fall, I am a third-year student in the Primary Care Pediatric DNP program. Two years down, 1 more to go! I work as a staff nurse on the NICU at UIHC and am considering working in the NICU after graduation.

Council on Curriculum Representative -- Clarissa Shaw​

Clarissa ShawClarissa Shaw is a PhD Candidate researching the relationship between nurse communication and resistiveness in hospitalized patients with dementia. Clarissa has worked on numerous NINR funded grants focused on improving dementia care. She joined AGNS to become more active in the College of Nursing and to connect with other graduate students. 

Council on Student Affairs Representative -- Theresa Whalen

Theresa Whalen is a second-year Adult Acute Care DNP student at the University of Iowa. She has worked in several step-down units until finding her home in the Main Operating Room at UIHC. She joined AGNS to meet her fellow classmates and stay more involved as an online graduate student. 

PhD Forum Representative -- Tannaz Saeidzadeh​

Seyedehtanaz (Tannaz) SaeidzadehTannaz Saeidzadeh is a third-year PhD nursing student. She works as a research assistant at CON and joined AGNS as GSS senator to represent nursing students on campus.

Diversity Council Representative -- Tyneisha Orr​

GSS Representatives: Dan Holthaus, Sohyun Kim, Lynn Nakad, Ciara Demings

GSS Representative -- Ciara Demings​

Ciara DemingsCiara Demings is a second year FNP student and currently works in the PACU at UIHC. I will be starting as a GSS representative for the College of Nursing. I joined AGNS to be more involved in my program and network with other classmates as well with faculty. 

GSS Representative -- Lynn Nakad

Lynn NakadLynn Nakad is a fourth-year Nursing PhD student with a research focus of immersive virtual reality technology for chronic pain management. She joined AGNS to serve as a GSS representative.

GSS Representative -- Sohyun Kim​

Sohyun KimSohyun Kim is a fifth year of PhD nursing student and works as a research assistant. I love to join the AGNS to connect with other nursing student and want to serve as a GSS representative to make a voice for nursing graduate students.

Students for Interprofessional Education (SIPE) Representative -- Margaret Stracuzzi

Margaret StracuzziMeg Stracuzzi is a second year FNP student. She currently works as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Meg joined AGNS in order to meet fellow DNP students. She is particularly interested in the SIPE position because of the constant need for improved interprofessional relationships within the health care community. 

UI Mobile Health Clinic Nursing Liaison -- Jessica Wolfe