Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Iowa Wesleyan College nursing faculty member Lisa Kongable, was honored with the 2014 Nursing Excellence in Clinical Education Award on May 8, 2014. This award is given jointly by the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care and the University of Iowa College of Nursing to recognize excellence in learning, educational leadership, advocacy, professional role model and innovative spirit. The award has been given annually since 2003.
Earlier in the week, Kongable also received the Professional Recognition Program in Nursing award at UIHC. This was the first year that the Nursing Department launched the program, and there were only 16 staff nurses who were recognized to achieve this status. The Professional Recognition Program is a new clinical ladder program to recognize the accomplishments of direct care staff nurses and to incentivize them to stay engaged in direct patient care as they support safety, quality, and research. The program recognizes RNs who consistently go “above and beyond,” in their nursing field.
Kongable is an associate professor of nursing at Iowa Wesleyan College with more than 19 years of experience as a nurse educator. She is also a psychiatric-mental health clinical nurse specialist and has been employed as an ARNP at the Mount Pleasant Optimae Mental Health Center for 14 years. She continues to work part-time as a psychiatric staff nurse at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where she has been employed for the past 27 years. Kongable earned her M.A. at the University of Iowa. She was an assistant professor of nursing at Iowa Wesleyan from 1988-2001, returning to the faculty in 2008.
Kongable served as president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Iowa chapter, during 2011-2012 and continues as an active board member of the organization.
The nursing program at Iowa Wesleyan was established in 1971 and has since graduated 890 students. There are currently three program options: Pre-licensure BSN, LPN to BSN, and RN to BSN degree. Students can complete the RN to BSN program totally online and can successfully achieve this degree in as little as one year. The Iowa Wesleyan College nursing program includes clinical sites in Mt. Pleasant, Burlington, Ft. Madison, Iowa City, Washington, Winfield, Wayland, Ottumwa and Mediapolis.