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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.

2017-2018 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 -- Jennifer Wittman

Jennifer Wittman

Jennifer Wittman is a third-year FNP student and has served as the DNP representative for the Council of Student Affairs this past year. She enjoys being involved in AGNS and is excited to embark on a new year. Jen currently works in pediatrics at the University of Iowa. You will most likely find Jen cheering on the Hawks in her free time!


VICE PRESIDENT --  Jill Permeswaran

Jill PermeswaranJill Permeswaran is a fourth year PNP student and is vice president for AGNS this year. She enjoys being involved in organizations and networking with other students. Jill hopes to continue to help AGNS grow as an organization and engage more students to become involved in the organization. Jill works as a staff nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. In her free time, Jill enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, baking, quilting, and cheering on the Hawkeyes!


TREASURER -- Chetana Daniels

Chetana DanielsChetana (Chetie)  Daniels is a 2nd year AGNP student and currently works in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at UIHC. Chetie has served as the AGNS representative on the CON diversity committee for the past year and would like to continue that role going forward, as well as deepen her involvement with AGNS by taking on the role of Treasurer.

Secretary and PhD Forum Representative -- Erica Davisson

Erica DavissonErica Davisson entered the University of Iowa Nursing PhD Program in 2013. She received her BSN from Coe College in 2011 after attending high school in Southeast Iowa. During her undergraduate years at Coe, she completed a perioperative nursing internship at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. She also studied abroad in Swaziland, South Africa, which involved following parish nurses to rural care points.

Since being admitted to the Nursing PhD Program, Davisson has traveled to Portugal and presented in Cancun for the International Conference on Nursing Knowledge. She serves as Secretary of the Association of Graduate Nursing Students, and as a research assistant for the Nursing Classification Center. She also continues to work as a staff nurse on the cardiothoracic medical-surgical unit at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and serves as a preceptor for students and new nurses.

Davisson is focusing her research on bedside nurses' motivation and decision-making surrounding discharge planning for patients diagnosed with heart failure. She is excited to be at the University of Iowa College of Nursing because of the individualized attention, peer support, and countless opportunities for career advancement with the right resources.

DNP Forum Representative -- Katie Halbmaier

Katie HalbmaierKatie Halbmaier is a fourth-year family nurse practitioner student. She has enjoyed working with the AGNS board as the VP and diversity committee representative, technology forum representative, and DNP forum over the past year.

Council on Curriculum Representative -- Olivia Croskey

Olivia CroskeyOlivia Croskey will graduate in May 2018 with her FNP. She currently is an MSN-CNL RN on the Neurology/Neurosurgery unit at UIHC. She is a member of the Gamma Chapter Honor Society board, the Community Advisory Board, and is looking forward to serving with the graduate student association. She loves cooking, outdoors, and spending time with her puppies when she's not at school or working.

GSS Representative -- Krista Grutz

Krista Grutz is a first-year FNP student from Dubuque, IA. She currently works as a staff nurse at UIHC on the Specialty Surgery unit and at Balance Integrative Health and Wellness in Dubuque. Krista would love to be involved in AGNS by representing the College of Nursing at the Graduate Student Senate meetings for the university. She believes everyone’s voice should be heard.

GSS Representative -- Laura Budde

Laura BuddeLaura Budde is a second-year AGPCNP student and works as an Intensive Care Staff Nurse at Mercy Hospital Iowa City. Laura attended the University of Iowa for her BSN and she is happy to be back for graduate school. Laura joined AGNS because she wanted to connect with other graduate nursing students and stay in touch with what's happening on campus. In her free time, Laura is a music enthusiast and enjoys yoga, biking, and running.