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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.

Prof. Wilson with graduate students

2016-2017 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 -- Jill Permeswaran

Jill PermeswaranJill Permeswaran is a third-year PNP student and served as interim-president this past year. She enjoys being involved in organizations and networking with other students. She hopes to continue to help AGNS grow as an organization and engage more students to become involved in the organization.


VICE PRESIDENT --  Katie Halbmaier

Katie HalbmaierKatie Halbmaier is a family nurse practitioner student, and she has enjoyed working with the AGNS board as the VP and diversity committee representative this past spring. Since Katie did not have a full year of being VP, she would like to continue with these duties and be involved in any way needed!


TREASURER -- Seth Webb

Seth WebbSeth Webb is in his fourth year of the Pediatric DNP program and currently works as a BSN in the Emergency Department at the University of Iowa. He's originally from Cedar Falls, Iowa, and now lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife, Molly. In his spare time, he cheers for the Cubs, Steelers, and Hawkeyes.



SECRETARY -- Erica Davisson

Erica DavissonErica Davisson is a fourth-year PhD student interested in heart failure research. She has served as secretary for AGNS the past two years. She also continues to work at UIHC part-time as a staff nurse. Go Hawks!



Kirstin MangesKirstin Manges is a 4th year Healthcare Systems PhD with a passion for finding new ways to improve the quality and safety of patient care. One of her main interests involves developing curriculums for nursing students (from undergraduate to doctoral levels), and she would be excited to service of the curriculum committee at the CON for a second year.




Jennifer WittmanJennifer Wittman is a second year FNP student. She currently works on 2JCP (general pediatrics) at UIHC.  She wants to be involved in AGNS because she feels it's important to have a voice in anything you're involved in, such as work and school. Jen would like to be the representative for the council of student affairs because it will be a great opportunity to see views from other programs, and share news from AGNS with U of I.


REPRESENTATIVE -- Chetana Daniels

Chetana DanielsChetana (Chetie) Daniels is a 2nd year AGNP student. She currently works in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at UIHC. Chetie enjoys being the diversity committee representative, and is passionate about ensuring students from all backgrounds have a voice in the College of Nursing.