News and Policy Updates

  • 03 Feb 2016 8:21 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education (NPACE)

    NPACE provides practical, evidence-based continuing education and professional enrichment for NPs and APRNs with a focus on primary care and pharmacology. In addition to our well-known conferences, we offer online classes and monographs. Since 1980. Accredited, non-profit. Visit their website at to find out more.

  • 27 Jan 2016 6:11 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    Speaker Upmeyer makes health care history as first nurse practitioner to serve as House Speaker

    AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 

    The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) congratulates Representative Linda Upmeyer on her swearing in as Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives. Speaker Upmeyer, a certified nurse practitioner, is an AANP member and the first nurse practitioner to hold the office. During her tenure in the House, AANP has partnered with Speaker Upmeyer to address a variety of health care issues important to nurse practitioners and their patients. "As a nurse practitioner and as Speaker of the Iowa House, I have dedicated my life's work to finding positive solutions that meet the health care needs of Iowa's families. I am proud to represent the great state of Iowa where nurse practitioners can practice to the full scope of their education and training, and Iowans can benefit from access to their care," said Speaker Linda Upmeyer. 

    "Speaker Upmeyer has been a longtime champion of patients, from the state house to the hospital floor. We're delighted that such an outstanding legislator and nurse practitioner has been named Speaker, and we look forward to working with her to advance policies that strengthen patient access to high quality, affordable health care delivered by their provider of choice," said AANP President Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP. In June, Speaker Upmeyer will receive AANP's 2016 State Award for Excellence, an annual award that recognizes outstanding leadership in the advancement of health care policy and the profession. 

    "We look forward to presenting Speaker Upmeyer with this well-deserved recognition, and thanking her for her stalwart efforts on behalf of patients and nurse practitioners across our state. Her input each year on our Iowa Legislation Day has been very beneficial as well as her help on grassroots issues," said AANP's Iowa State Representative Sherry McKay, ARNP, GNP-BC, FAANP.

  • 20 Jan 2016 5:13 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    February 23, 2016 from 9:00am - 12:00pm
    State Capitol Room 304, Des Moines

    Come join us as we advocate for Nurse Practitioners in Iowa!


    9:00am:  Cheryll Jones - "So You want to be an Advocate"

    9:30am:  Joe Kelly -  2016 Session State Legislative Bills

    10:00am: Kathy Weinberg - Iowa Board of Nursing update

    10:30am:  Kerry Rupe - Acknowledgement of Representative Linda Upmeyer for AANP Advocate State Award for Excellence

    10:40am:  IOM Advanced Practice Task Force Update

    11:00am:  Panel of legislators

    12:00pm:  Adjourn - Meet with your legislators (lunch on your own)

  • 17 Dec 2015 6:31 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    A warm welcome to the following elected members:

    • President Elect: Theresa Hohertz
    • Treasurer: Juanita O'Brien
    • North East District Representative: Andrea Achenbach
    • South East District Representative: Anne Gentile-Archer
    I look forward to working closely with all the board members in 2016. I wish everyone happy holidays and good health in the upcoming year.

    Sherry Buske
    Iowa Nurse Practitioner Society

  • 01 Dec 2015 1:39 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    Please visit our Vote for INPS Board Members page to find a link to vote. You must be logged in to access this page.

    Thank you for your input in selecting our leadership team!

  • 23 Nov 2015 12:55 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    The Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program is designed specifically to offer Advanced Practice Nurses a life-changing opportunity to become leaders of new models of care.

    This one year program, through onsite retreats combined with distance-based sessions, offers innovative and integrated training in the areas of leadership, management, organizational development, business, community engagement and population health. The program is structured to provide the health care clinician a program rich in content and opportunities for professional development. Cost is very nominal due to the generous support of Johnson & Johnson.

    The Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program is accepting applications October 1, 2015 – January 15, 2016. Thirty Program Fellows will be selected to participate for the 2016-2017 Program Year.

    To learn more about this exciting opportunity and how to apply, visit: or download the program brochure by clicking here.

  • 27 Oct 2015 12:12 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    INPS was recently alerted to a new resource that might be of interest to our members:  Health Care Spanish website.

    This website is a free resource for healthcare workers who are working with primarily Spanish-speaking patients. Using it will help anyone learn basic medical Spanish phrases in minutes rather than weeks or months. It has been offered to thousands of college instructors and they are giving it to their students as well as signing up for the newsletter.

    INPS has no affiliation with this website and is not endorsing it. We are simply providing the information to you in case it is useful. We'd love to hear your feedback if you use it! Please contact us.

  • 15 Sep 2015 8:10 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    For information about upcoming INPS board openings and how you can self-nominate see the Nominate Board Members page. (Note: you must be logged in to view this page.)

    For any questions, please contact INPS President, Sherry Buske or any current Board Member.

    Thank you!

  • 28 Aug 2015 1:31 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    Registration is now open for the 2015 INPS Conference. Click here for more information.

  • 11 Aug 2015 3:35 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    Get Your CEUs Before School Starts!


    What: Child and Dependent Adult Mandatory Reporter Training AND Working with Immigrant & Refugee Communities in Central Iowa

    When: Friday, August 14, 2015

    Where: Grand View University Social Work Program, Rasmussen Center for Community Advancement Professions Rooms 219/22 (The Rasmussen Center is located on E. 14th St. in Des Moines between Boyd St. and Grandview Ave. Enter the parking lot behind the building from Boyd St.)

    Presented by the National Association of Social Workers, Iowa Chapter

    Mandatory Reporter Training

    Registration: 8:30 to 9:00 am

    Class: 9:00 am to 12:15 pm

    Instructor: Debra Flammang-Roper, LMSW, Northeast Iowa Family Practice Center

    This training has been developed by the Northeast Iowa Medical Foundation to meet the State of Iowa requirements for Mandatory Reporter Training for both Children and Adults. (Provider Group NPI 1871546762 Curriculum Approval Number 1044) 3.0 CEUs for Social Workers & Behavior Health Professionals. All attendees will receive a certificate of completion.

    Working with Immigrant & Refugee Communities in Central Iowa

    Registration: 1:00 to 1:30 pm

    Class: 1:30 to 3:30 pm

    Instructors: Jill Niswander and Terri Walker of Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa

    The NASW Iowa Chapter has determined that this event is worth 2.0 CEUs for Social Workers & Behavior Health Professionals. All attendees will receive a certificate of completion and we encourage other professions and members of the community to join us.


    Cost to Attend

    Mandatory Reporter Training only

    NASW Members: $35

    Non-members: $50

    Students: $25


    Working with Immigrant & Refugee Communities in Central Iowa

    NASW Members: $30

    Non-members: $45

    Students: $25


    Discount for attending both sessions!

    NASW Members: $55

    Non-members: $80

    Students: $40


    To register: Please visit the NASW Iowa Chapter Website:

    Special thanks to Grand View University Social Work Program for hosting us for this event!

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