CLINTON — Two area nurses are being honored among 2018’s “100 Great Iowa Nurses.”

Kandra Hartman, of Savanna, Illinois, and Karleen Looney, of Lost Nation, have both been selected for the exclusive list this year, and both are employed at Mercy Medical Center — Clinton.

According to the 100 Great Iowa Nurses organization, this is the 14th year the list has been produced, so far honoring nurses from 96 of Iowa’s 99 counties. Being mentioned on the list is the payoff of hard work and a dedication to serving the community, a release from the organization said.

“Nurses selected for this honor represent many sectors of health care, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and school and office nurses,” the release says. “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.”

Mercy’s Hartman and Looney, along with the 98 other selected nurses, will be honored at a celebratory gathering May 6 at the Iowa Events Center Grand Ballroom. According to the release, the celebration is a prelude to National Nurses Week, which runs from May 6 to 12, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

Honorees this year spanned 42 Iowa counties, and were selected from a field of more than 500 candidates nominated by doctors, patients, friends and family members. The field was then narrowed to the final 100 by a review panel consisting of nursing professionals and former honorees, according to the release.

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