The Professional Organization of Registered Nurses in Iowa


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"The Mission of the Iowa Nurses Association is to connect, support, and advocate; for Iowa nurses and nursing practice."
Grassley Meeting

Senator Grassley met with a group of health advocates that included: Lynn Boes (Iowa Nurses Association), Nancy Hale (NAMI Iowa), Teresa Bomhoff (NAMI Greater Des Moines), Dwight Baldwin (Iowa State Grange), Sherri Nielsen (Easter Seals Iowa), Joe Hrdlicka (Iowa Biotech Association) and Tray Wade (Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa). The group expressed their thanks for his support to shore up Medicare Part B changes and keep health care accessible, especially in rural Iowa.  There was opportunity to visit about   US H.R. 2, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives recently, and Sen Grassley indicated it should pass the U.S. Senate next week.  INA thanked him for his support of US H.R. 2 which would allow ARNPs to sign the Medicare Home Health plan of care and orders for services including durable medical equipment.  In all, we had nearly 40 minutes to visit with him and discuss issues that included mental health, access to health care in rural Iowa, and community-based services.  Written by Lynn Boes, INA Legal Counsel

Bill Signing


Members of ISNO and INA attended the Governor's signing of SF 462 in conjunction with the School Nurse Proclamation. The bill signing took place in the Governor's formal office.  Nurses proudly filled the room.   PRESENT FROM INA WERE:  Judy Collins-President of INA, Teri Schloss- INA Public Policy Member and ISNO legislative chair, Sharon Guthrie- INA Public Policy Member and ISNO Executive Director, Kathleen Weinberg- IBON Director, Jim Obradovich - Lobbyist, Bob Mulqueen - Lobbyist.   ALSO PRESENT WERE:  Diane Gladson- ISNO Board Member, Laura Wheeler- ISNO Board Member,
Barb Allen- ISNO Member, Melanie Hicklin- 2015 School Nurse of the Year, Dr. Erika Cook- Administrator at Valley West High School who nominated Melanie, Marci Cordero- DM Public Schools Health Services Manager, Melissa Walker- School Nurse Consultant Dept. of Education,  Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds , Representative Kristin Running-Marquardt, Representative Nolin Mommsen, Jim  - Mylan Representative,  Stephanie Deitch - Mother, Lara Pelaisance - Mother 

The Mission of the Iowa Nurses Association is to connect, support, and advocate for nurses and healthcare in Iowa.
Faces of INA

INA Board of Directors

Judy Collins, President

Jann Ricklefs, Vice-President

Brian Cooley, Secretary

Elaine Boes, Treasurer

Susan Whitty, Director-Public Policy

Lisa Caffery, Director-Resolutions

Dan Lose, Director-Newly Licensed RN

Linda Opheim, Director Northwest

Mary Moser, Director Northeast

Nancy James, Director Southwest

Barb Gano, Director Central

Colleen Brems, Director Southeast

INA Committee/Commission Chairs

Membership/PR: Dan Lose

Finance: Elaine Boes

Public Policy: Susan Whitty


Committees of the Membership

Bylaws: Jann Ricklefs

Nominations: Julie Schilling

Resolutions: Lisa Caffery


Regional Chairs

Mary Kovarna, Regional Chair, Region 01

Margie O’Neill, Regional Chair, Region 02

Nancy James, Regional Chair, Region 03

Pam Deichmann, Regional Chair, Region 04

Darcy Koehn, Regional Chair, Region 05


Iowa Nurses Foundation

Linda Schluter, Chair


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