June 8, 2006
Dr. Kathleen Buchheit Stowick, recently retired professor of nursing at Morningside College, was honored as one of “100 Great Iowa Nurses 2006” during the second annual 100 Great Nurses Celebration held in May on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Twenty-one reviewers from around the state evaluated nominations, and representatives of the Iowa Hospital Association, Iowa Nurses Association (INA), and the Iowa Nurses Foundation determined final selection. The 100 honorees represent 38 of Iowa’s 99 counties and encompass a wide variety of backgrounds, including large and small hospitals, physician offices, nursing and rehabilitation centers, home health and hospice, school districts, and colleges and universities.
“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,” said Melanie Dreher, dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Iowa and chair of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses program.
Buchheit Stowick joined the nursing faculty at Morningside in 1981. She was chair of the nursing education department from 1985 to 2000 and has served on various committees at the college. She has held a number of positions with professional organizations including serving as vice-president of District One of the INA from 1998-2000 and president of the Iowa Association of Colleges of Nursing from 1996 to 1997, among others. She worked with leaders of the INA and the Iowa Association of Nurse Executives to create the Iowa Council of Nursing (ICON) and was the recipient of the INA’s District One Nurse of the Year award in 1998. In recognition of her academic and professional excellence, Morningside awarded her the Omicron Delta Kappa Faculty Person of the Year in 1986 and the Lucille and Charles Wert Faculty Excellence Award in 1996. She retired from the college in May.
Buchheit Stowick holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the College of St. Teresa in Winona, Minn., a master’s degree in nursing from Witchita State University in Kansas, and a doctorate from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.
The 100 Great Iowa Nurses program, now in its second year, is dedicated to increasing the visibility of nurses within the state by recognizing their excellence and promoting nursing practice. The program is modeled after one created in Louisiana in 1986 that has since been adopted by nursing organizations around the country.
“100 Great Iowa Nurses 2006” is sponsored by the Iowa Health System, Mercy Health Network, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Mary Greeley Medical Center, and numerous other health care agencies across Iowa. In addition to honoring nurses across Iowa, the program awards scholarships to women and men pursuing degrees in nursing.
For more information, including a list of the “100 Great Iowa Nurses,” visit www.greatnurses.org.