Mercy Medical Center– North Iowa nurse, Megan O’Brien, was among those recognized as 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2012. The award honors nurses who have made a meaningful and lasting contribution to humanity and their profession, and who act as mentors to others. Megan is a clinical leader in the skilled nursing unit and acute rehabilitation unit. She was recognized at the annual 100 Great Iowa Nurses Celebration held May 6 in Des Moines. “We are very proud of Megan and all she has achieved. She is a great leader and dedicated to her patients and their families. She truly exemplifies all of the principles on which the 100 Great Iowa Nurses celebration was founded,” said Kim Chamberlin, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of Mercy – North Iowa. The Iowa Nurses Association, Iowa Nurses Foundation and College of Nursing partner each year to create the list, which celebrates nursing by honoring 100 nurses from around the state. Associates, patients, doctors, friends and family members submit nominations. The nurses selected for this honor represent many sectors of healthcare including hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools and office nurses. Whether they are working in clinics, at the bedside, teaching students or serving the community, nurses make a tremendous difference. Eleven Mercy Health Network – North Iowa nurses have been honored since the statewide program began in 2005. Previous 100 Great Iowa Nurses from Mercy – North Iowa include: Racheal Kelly, R.N., 2006; Monica Heard R.N., 2007; Anne Zook, R.N., B.S.N., M.S., Maxine Brinkman, B.S.N., M.H.A., and Gail Kuhlman, R.N., B.S.N., 2008; Jean Loes, R.N., M.S.N., M.S. 2009; and Tamara Schwichtenberg, R.N., B.S.N., M.S., 2010; Katie Dearchs, R.N., B.S.N.; Jamie Williams, R.N., B.S.N.; and Marcia Knutson, A.R.N.P., C.N.S., C.W.O.C.N., 2011.