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BSN Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Amalia Gedney

Even though Amalia Gedney is originally from Wisconsin, she has always considered herself a Hawkeye at heart.                

Gedney has clearly felt right at home at UI’s College of Nursing, too. Not only has she excelled in her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, but she also recently learned that she was named a 2012 American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Janssen Student Scholar.

“I feel honored to be recognized by APNA,” said Gedney. “I am very excited and look forward to representing UI and the College of Nursing.”

The scholarship includes registration, travel and lodging expenses to attend APNA’s 26th Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 7-10, 2012.

“My goal is to bring back knowledge that I can apply to my education, in my future as a nurse, and in my current job as a psychiatric nursing assistant on the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry unit at UIHC,” she explained. “I feel this opportunity will allow me to increase my knowledge of psychiatric care and how nurses are working to achieve positive change for this patient population.”

Gedney, who will be graduating in the spring of 2013, is a second generation CON student (her mother received her BSN, MSN and DNP from UI). She also chose UI’s College of Nursing because of its high national rankings and because the University of Iowa has always felt like home.

“Amalia is an outstanding BSN student. She will go places in this life,” said Associate Professor Ellen Cram, PhD, RN, assistant dean of undergraduate programs.

Gedney is in the process of applying for graduate school in the hopes of obtaining a dual degree in a Family Nurse Practitioner/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.

“I hope that this degree would allow me the opportunity to decrease the ‘stigma’ of psychiatric illnesses by incorporating treatment into primary care.”

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About UI’s College of Nursing
With a national reputation for excellence, the University of Iowa’s College of Nursing is one of the premier institutions in the country for nursing education. To learn more about its academic programs, including the BSN degree, visit

About APNA
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) was founded in 1986. In the ensuing 25 years, APNA has grown to be the largest professional membership organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health (PMH) nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems, and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. More information can be found at

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Aug 24th, 2012