Mercy Home Care’s Chris Van Beek Named One of Iowa’s 100 Greatest Nurses
Mar 14, 2018 04:58PM
● By Alyssa McGinnis
The list of the Top 100 Great Iowa Nurses includes Chris Van Beek, a registered nurse from Mercy Home Care, who has traveled over 14,000 miles in 2017 to serve patients in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota in 14 counties and touched their lives over 1,600 times.
The Top 100 Great Iowa Nurses program annually recognizes 100 outstanding nurses whose courage, competence and commitments to patients and the nursing profession stand out above all others. The Iowa Nurses Foundation launched the recognition program in 2005. This year, the honorees represent 42 Iowa counties and were selected from a pool of 500 individuals who were nominated by colleagues, patients, doctors, friend, and family members.
As a home care nurse, Chris provides personalized care to her patients in their homes such as IV therapies, surgery after-care, wound care, disease and medication education/management, along with the coordination of comprehensive assessment and care plan developments with physicians.
Chris began her Mercy career in 1999 as a Mercy Home Care nurse. She has been a case manager in the northern territory since that time and has been coordinating patient care in the home setting. "I am blessed to be an advocate for my clients. It is so fulfilling to provide all of the appropriate resources and tools to keep them successful in their home environment," said Chris Van Beek, Mercy Home Care nurse.
In January of 2017, she was inspired by her son's suggestion to bring the Honor Flight to their area. Her mission is to bring Veterans to Washington, DC to see the memorials built in their honor and provide them one final tour with honor. Chris was one of the three founding board members that assisted in the process of beginning Midwest Honor Flight. In March of 2017, Midwest Honor Flight was approved and she was named the medical coordinator. The inaugural flight happened in August of 2017 taking over 85 Veterans for this great honor.
In addition to the unbelievable effort for our veterans, Chris is active in her community. She volunteers as president of her school's auxiliary, heading up fundraisers for a Christian school, assisting parents who desire a Christ-centered education for their children and is the fundraising chair for the Sioux Center Boy Scouts. She actively participates in "Wreaths Across America" which lay 450 Veteran Remembrance Wreaths annually in Sioux Center, Iowa.
Chris is a member of the Sioux Center American Auxiliary Unit 199. She joined the legion in honor of her two grandfathers who served during the WWII conflict.
Chris was the first nurse at Mercy Home Care to become a trained, licensed health coach. She was inducted into the National Society of Health Coaches in 2011 after many hours of study and preparation and ignited other colleagues to seek their own NSHC certification. She was the sole recipient from her branch to be named one of the OASIS Top Performers.
Chris served in the initial development of Mercy Home Care's Transitions Program which partners with Mercy Medical Center, physicians and Mercy Home Care in an effort to monitor and care for patients who would otherwise fall through the cracks. Keeping patients out of the hospital once discharged is Chris's main goal along with other Transitions team members.
Chris will join the other 100 Great Nurses of Iowa at a special reception on Sunday, May 6, at the Iowa Events Center-Grand Ballroom in Des Moines.
About 100 Great Iowa Nurses100 Great Iowa Nurses is a nonprofit program that honors great nurses in Iowa, and funds financial awards to support the education of Iowa nurses. Established in 2004, the program recognizes qualities that demonstrate efforts beyond those expected of a nurse within his/her normal duties, such as concern for humanity, significant contribution to the profession, and mentoring. For more information, visit greatnurses.org.