One-hundred nurses around the state have been selected for the 2012 class of 'Great Iowa Nurses,' including Jennifer Havens, RN, of Grundy County Memorial Hospital. Nurse's Week marks the eighth annual celebration of Iowa's Great Nurses Program. Nurses recognized for the honor gathered in Des Moines to be recognized for their outstanding careers and achievements.
As Chief Clinical Officer at GCMH, Havens is responsible for inpatient, surgery and emergency departments as well as outpatient services such as Therapy, Radiology and Laboratory. Hospital CEO Pam Delagardelle credits Havens with clinical leadership that has led to GCMH's recognition as a Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare and back-to-back Summit Awards for patient satisfaction. "Jennifer has collaborated with front line staff to not only design a wonderful new facility for inpatient care, but to lead clinical staff in a transformation of care at the patient bedside," says Delagardelle. "We're proud to see her recognized at the state level for her accomplishments in advancing patient care."
The 100 Great Nurses recognition program was introduced in 2005 by Melanie Dreher, Dean of the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Every year, the Great Nurses Program recognizes 100 superior nurses whose courage, competence, and commitment stand out above all others, and contribute significantly to the profession of nursing. Nurses selected for this honor represent many sectors of health care, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and school and office nurses.
Havens joined Grundy County Memorial Hospital in 2008 after spending 18 years as the Brain Tumor program coordinator at St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis Tenn. Havens, her family, and coworkers joined the other 99 Great Iowa Nurse honorees in Des Moines Sunday to be recognized for the honor.