Hospital and Board Recognized for Contribution to Nursing Profession
August 6, 2009
INA Presents Friend of Nursing Award to Broadlawns
DES MOINES, Iowa (August 6, 2009) – Broadlawns Medical Center has been chosen to receive the Iowa Nurses Association (INA) Friend of Nursing Award. The award recognizes the independent practice of advanced registered nurse practitioners within the hospital’s medical staff bylaws.
“We are pleased that nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and psychiatric ARNP’s are recognized in medical staff bylaws as independent practitioners at Broadlawns Medical Center,” said Linda Goeldner, CHE,CAE, executive director of INA.
The award is presented annually to an individual, group of individuals or organization that has contributed significantly to the improvement of nursing and the professional organization. The award will be presented to Broadlawns at INA’s annual convention in October.
The Broadlawns Medical Center Board of Trustees approved the new bylaws unanimously in late 2008. Based on the new bylaws, all nurse practitioners are independent, including the areas of pediatrics, family, mental health and nurse midwives. Broadlawns employs several nurse practitioners in its primary health care clinic and in mental health services.
“Broadlawns Medical Center is committed to providing health care to all and nurse practitioner support is extremely important,” said Jean Logan, RN, PhD, president of Broadlawns Medical Center Board of Trustees. “We are proud and honored to receive this recognition.”
The Iowa Nurses Association is the professional organization for all registered nurses in Iowa. The Iowa Nurses Association is a constituent of the American Nurses Association.
This year marks Broadlawns 85th anniversary of serving the health care needs of Polk County.
With a history that reaches back to 1903 as a community health center, Broadlawns Medical Center first opened its doors as a hospital to the residents of Polk County on April 13, 1924. Over the years, Broadlawns has adapted to the changing demands of public health care, yet remained true to its mission of offering quality health services to all Polk County residents and training future health care professionals.
Today, Broadlawns Medical Center is composed of:
- An acute care community hospital serving medical, surgical, mental health and primary care needs, including pediatrics and women’s health care
- A 60-member physician practice overseeing numerous specialty clinics and outpatient services
- A family medicine residency program that graduates physician leaders who today serve throughout Iowa and across the nation.
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