MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Nylin is one of 100 Great Iowa Nurses

MercyOne Clinton's Justin Nylin is one of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2019. Photo courtesy of MercyOne

CLINTON — Ambulatory Care Unit Charge Nurse Justin Nylin, RN, MSN, CCRN, was named one of 100 nurses selected in a two-part review process from those nominated to the 100 Great Iowa Nurses program.

Each year, the program asks patients, co-workers, friends and family members to nominate an outstanding nurse for recognition. The program honors nurses "who exemplify the highest concern for humanity and dedication to the profession, and who are the best role models to others," according to its website.

The 100 honorees are invited to an annual celebration in Des Moines during National Nurses Week in May, coordinated by the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

Nylin began his nursing career at MercyOne Clinton in 2008 as a certified nurse's aide. After graduating from Coe College in 2013 he became a registered nurse in MercyOne's Critical Care Unit, where he worked for three years. His leadership skills earned him a house supervisor position, which he filled until being named charge nurse for MercyOne Clinton's new Ambulatory Care Unit in October 2018 after graduating with his Master of Science in Nursing.

In this role he has expanded the unit's treatment options to include PICC (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter) certification for nursing staff as well as pain management for patients with severe and chronic pain, to name a few. He is a mentor for his staff, encouraging new skills and autonomy.

"I love that I can build a relationship with my patients and colleagues," Nylin said. "I feel this helps the patients on the road to recovery and helps my colleagues stay positive in this hard, but very rewarding work."

The 100 Great Iowa Nurses program was initiated in 2005 by the University of Iowa College of Nursing. In addition to selecting the 100 Great Iowa Nurses each year, the program promotes professional nursing in Iowa by financially supporting the continuing education of future nurse leaders. For more information, go to www.greatnurses.org.