The Professional Organization of Registered Nurses in Iowa

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

Bill Signing


On Thursday, April 14, 2016  INA lobbyists Bob Mulqueen and Jim Obradovich joined the bill signing ceremony for SF 2219 requiring the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in apartments and homes. This is an important bill because it protects the  personal safety of those who live and sleep in dormitories and rental units. It requires alarms with a light in rentals used by deaf tenants.

Rep. Vander Linden and Sen. Danielson  are pictured with Don Johnson (photo on the left) who created and advocated for this bill after the death of his daughter in Colorado.  Don has Iowa roots.


Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing

The National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC) is working to seek market-driven solutions to address the high cost of prescription medicines and also is encouraging Iowans to talk about the issue through attendance at presidential candidate events and letter writing. Coalition members include the American Academy of Nursing, American College of Nurse Midwives, AARP and others. Learn more at

Prescription drugs bring much individual value and benefit to each of us: restoring health, keeping individuals out of hospitals and nursing homes, managing chronic diseases and even curing acute illnesses.  However, the costs of many of the newest, high-cost therapies are rising at an alarming rate, pushing overall health care spending; pushing so much that the price growth for all prescription drugs has increased 4.8 percent which pushes up annual individual health insurance premiums.  The rapid growth of prescription drugs is pushing the hardest on increases in health insurance premiums. Ask the presidential candidates what they will do to address the high drug costs for chronic conditions (HIV, hepatitis, mental illness, cancer) and insure they are affordable for those who need prescription drugs but can’t afford the out-of-pocket costs and high insurance premium costs.

Central Region
National Nursing Issues

Nursing Issues at the national level have been identified by the American Nurses Association (ANA) at this website posting:

The Iowa Nurses Association (INA) is particularly interested in Workforce Issues. A state legislative priority is to: Support efforts to expand nursing workforce development, increase the proportion of nurses with higher education and address nursing faculty shortages.  

SE Region
Partnership for Chronic Disease

Improved management and prevention of chronic disease will be crucial for the next administration. INA is a member of a coalition of organizations committed to raising the awareness of the number one cause of death, disability and rising health care costs: chronic disease.  Chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, asthma, hypertension, heart disease and mental illness are the number one driver of health care costs in the United States. Treating patients with chronic disease now costs 86 percent of the $2.9 trillion annually spent on health care in the US. Learn more at


The Partnership (PFCD) is a key resource for candidates as they begin developing and adapting their own health care proposals throughout the upcoming elections.  Coalition members hope to elevate the issues of prevention, wellness and management of chronic disease by articulating how they will address the issue in their health care proposals.

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

Rachel Miller, Director - Staff Nurse at Large

Andrea Wilhite, Director-Newly Licensed RN

Linda Opheim, Director Northwest

Nan Ambrosy, Director Northeast

Nancy James, Director Southwest

Barb Gano, Director Central

Colleen Brems, Director Southeast

INA Committee/Commission Chairs

Membership/PR: Rachel Miller & Andrea Wilhite

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

Lorinda Inman, Chair


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