Mercy Medical Center North Iowa
Two North Iowa nurses have been chosen for the "100 Great Iowa Nurses" honor.
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Posted: Friday, March 2, 2012 10:32 pm by the Globe Gazette Online

MASON CITY — Patricia Niver, a nurse with Mason City Community Schools; and Megan O’Brien of Garner, a registered nurse at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, have been chosen for the honor.

The "100 Great Iowa Nurses" program recognizes outstanding nurses whose contributions to patients, colleagues and the profession are considered exceptional.

A celebration honoring the recipients will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, at Veterans Auditorium in Des Moines.

Niver has been a nurse for the Mason City Community School District for more than 35 years.

In this school year, she serves the John Adams Middle School 7, Harding Elementary and Hoover Elementary school buildings.

O’Brien is clinical leader in the skilled nursing unit and acute rehabilitation unit with Mercy. A native of Charles City, she earned her nursing degree at North Iowa Area Community College.

"I love caring for people and love working with the families," she said.

More than 500 nominations were collected this year for the honor from colleagues, patients and others.

Nominations were first evaluated by 21 reviewers (all prior recipients) around the state. Final selection was determined by representatives of the Iowa Hospital Association, Iowa Nurses Association, Iowa Nurses Foundation and the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

"Those chosen for this honor are to be commended for advancing and leading the profession of nursing, and for demonstrating excellence in direct-care delivery. These are the nurse leaders who lead through mentoring, thereby improving patient care for all of Iowa," said Program Chairwoman Rita A. Frantz.