Published on May 02, 2012

Mary Greeley Medical Center Nurses Honored With "100 Great Iowa Nurses" Awards

Joline Dye, Dee McNamara and Diane Smith were selected to be honored among the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2012. AMES – Mary Greeley Medical Center is proud to announce Joline Dye, Dee McNamara and Diane Smith were selected to be honored among the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2012. McNamara, Dye and Smith are registered nurses at Mary Greeley Medical Center’s Birthways Unit, Gastrointestinal (GI) Services Department and Oncology Department respectively.

Dye has been employed at Mary Greeley Medical Center for 27 years. After two and a half years in Oncology, she transferred to the Birthways Unit. She later earned a certification in Low Risk Neonatal nursing. “I absolutely love it, from helping a new family feel confident to the critical thinking and teamwork needed to care for a sick baby or newborn,” Dye says.

McNamara graduated from Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in 1979. In 2000, after earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Coe College, she moved to Ames and joined Mary Greeley Medical Center as a dialysis nurse. She now works in GI Services and is involved with the Society for Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates. “The technical skill and procedure with personal and professional involvement keeps me focused in my nursing career,” McNamara says.

Smith has been an Oncology nurse since 1986, and she joined Mary Greeley Medical Center in 1990. A family member’s cancer battle motivated her career choice. Smith says she has always wanted to help people, and finds nursing to be rewarding. She encourages others to explore nursing as a career option. “There are opportunities galore,” she says.

The 100 Great Iowa Nurses award recognizes these Mary Greeley Medical Center nurses have made meaningful and lasting contributions to humanity and their profession, and are viewed as mentors to others. They exemplify the principles on which the 100 Great Nurses Celebration was founded.

The Mary Greeley Medical Center nurses will be honored on Sunday, May 6, at the 8th annual celebration of Iowa’s Great Nurses. Nurses selected for the honor represent many sectors of health care, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and school and office nurses.

More information is available at www.greatnurses.org.

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