Ashley completed her certified nurse operating room (CNOR) certification within a few years of arriving and took advantage of UI Health Care’s professional recognition program in February 2023. The program provides nurses with the opportunity to achieve professional growth, receive pay incentives for advancement on the clinical ladder, and achieve specialty certification.
Aided by UI Health Care’s tuition reimbursement program, Ashley is currently on track to receive a Master of Science in Nursing degree in 2026.
“The University of Iowa promotes professional growth,” she says. “There are numerous opportunities here for nurses like us and a lot of incentives to excel within the nursing career.”
Jeanie has also gone beyond her job description during her time with UI Health Care.
She serves on the perioperative division staff council to build a cohesive group and organize events for staff outside of work. What she enjoys doing most, however, is using her wealth of experience to help others grow.
“I’m the proudest when I can teach somebody about the eye or the operating room, and they become a more successful nurse,” Jeanie says. “I came here as an older nurse, and I just feel like I’ve gotten a lot of acknowledgment for what I know.”
For Ashley, the mission to serve others and work with a supportive team makes all the difference.
“I love nursing because I care a lot about people, and I love the people I work with,” Ashley says. “We advocate for patients and families and will always try to provide a really good experience for them while they’re here.”