March 26, 2009
The Morningside College Department of Nursing and the Morningside Student Nurses’ Association have named Debra Juffer of Ireton, Iowa, the 2009 Nursing Alumna of the Year.
Juffer graduated from Morningside College in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She later earned a Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Educator Track from South Dakota State University in Brookings. She works as a clinical nurse specialist in the areas of medical telemetry, intensive care, and behavioral health at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Sioux City.
Juffer will deliver the keynote address at the 27th annual Maud Adams Nursing Research Day on Wednesday, April 1, in the Yockey Family Community Room of the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Ave. Juffer is scheduled to begin her remarks at 8:30 a.m. She will be presenting her research on deep vein thrombosis screening and anticoagulation safety.
During the keynote address, the Nursing Alumni Scholarship will be presented in Juffer’s honor to Elizabeth Howard of Sioux City. Howard is a senior at Sioux City West High School and plans to enroll at Morningside this fall to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The scholarship is presented each year to a student who shows potential for outstanding professionalism in nursing.
Later Morningside College senior nursing students will present their research projects at 10:30 a.m. in the Walker Science Center, 1707 Morningside Ave., as part of Morningside’s Palmer Student Research Symposium.
Juffer has worked as a medical-surgical nurse and taught at the college level as a nursing instructor. She has assisted the state board of nursing in an advisory capacity and as a writer for the nurse licensing exam. She has written articles that have been published in academic journals and has been honored for her research. She is a member of numerous nursing associations and advisory councils.
The nursing research day, started in 1983 as a tribute to the late Maud Adams, was created to feature the work of students and to provide a mechanism to promote professional development. Adams, a former chair of the Morningside nursing department, was an instrumental leader in the early days of the department of nursing education. Before she came to Morningside, Adams served as a staff nurse, instructor, and administrator in various public health agencies and nursing programs.