100 Great Iowa Nurses – Mary Ries By Catrina Bruns (Dyersville Commercial) When Mary Ries was 5 years old, she knew she wanted to be a nurse. Today she has the pleasure to serve children of the same age, as a nurse in the Maquoketa Valley School District. Ries was recently named a 2019 honoree for 100 Great Iowa Nurses, a program designed to recognize great nurses in Iowa. She was selected from a pool of over 500 individuals, who were all nominated by their colleagues, patients, doctors, friends and family members. Final nominees were chosen by a panel of reviewers including nursing professionals and previous honorees. “These exemplary nurses are selected based on their concern for humanity, their contribution to the community and to the nursing profession, their leadership and mentoring,” wrote Cassie Raasch, a public relations coordinator for the University of Iowa College of Nursing. “Nurse Mary,” as she is affectionately known around the Maquoketa Valley School District, has a long background in the nursing field. Her nearly 34 years in the field have taken her to a number of positions around Iowa. She has worked in a medical unit, surgical unit, ICU, CCU and delivery unit. Her passion for nursing began at ... Continue Reading Congratulations, Nurse Mary!
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