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

Iowa Caucuses & Nursing Issues

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Iowa Caucuses will be held February 1, 2016. The caucuses are an event where voters from all of 1,774 Iowa voting precincts meet to elect delegates to the county conventions.

From the county convention, of which there are exactly 99, delegates are chosen for the state party convention. Eventually, the state party convention elects delegates to attend the national party convention, where a Presidential nominee is selected.

The process is similar for both Democrat and Republican candidates. The winner of the Iowa caucus receives the most delegates elected to the county convention, which then elects delegates for that candidate to the state convention, and eventually, to the national convention.


To find your precinct/polling place go to:

Presidential Candidates are visiting the state on a regular basis between now and February 1 in order to have you indicate your preference for a Presidential candidate from the political party of your choice. Attending these events is a way to bring visibility to issues of interest.  Below we are suggesting some issues that you may like to raise with the candidates.

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.

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.  

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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