New partnership with Iowa State offers paid tuition to Mary Greeley nurses

Danielle Gehr
Ames Tribune

A new partnership between Mary Greeley Medical Center and Iowa State University will help more area nurses receive bachelor's of science in nursing degrees. 

The new program will put eight Mary Greeley nurses through Iowa State's program annually with tuition paid in full, according to a news release.

Iowa State's nursing program is in its third year after it was approved by the Iowa Board of Regents in 2017 in order to increase the number of central Iowa nurses with bachelor's of science in nursing degrees. 

Mary Greeley spokesperson Steve Sullivan said the program will help with the hospital's nurse recruitment efforts and a higher percentage of nurses with the degrees is linked to higher patient satisfaction. 

“The Mary Greeley Medical Center is an institution of excellence, and we are thrilled to be in a partnership with them,” said Dawn Bowker, director of nursing education at Iowa State, according to the news release. “We are very proud of our program here at Iowa State and it is a privilege to be able to work with a healthcare organization of their prowess."

For the U.S. to achieve better patient outcomes, hospitals will need to increase the number of nurses with bachelor's of science in nursing degrees, according to the National Academy of Medicine report “Future of Nursing: 2020-2030.”

Currently, 62% of Mary Greeley nurses have the degrees, Sullivan said. 

“Baccalaureate-prepared nurses are better equipped to meet the increasingly complex demands of care both inside and outside the hospital,” according to the report.

The program is designed to last two semesters for full-time students and four semesters for part-time students and "to meet the needs of the newly licensed, and mid-career, working nurse," according to the release. 

Students are encouraged to explore health in wellness with an interdisciplinary team and concentrate on a specific area of interest to build on their credits and licensure. 

Danielle Gehr is a politics and government reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached by email at dgehr@gannett.com, phone at (515) 663-6925 or on Twitter at @Dani_Gehr.