STORM LAKE, Iowa – Joni Boese, a registered nurse at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, recently received the 2017 Nurse of the Year from the Iowa Affiliate of the Wound, Ostomy, & Continence Nurses Society.
Boese earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing in 1982 and began her nursing career on the medical/surgical unit at BVRMC. In 1986, she earned her enterostomal therapy nursing certification. She was the first RN at BVRMC to achieve this designation. Boese then began building the ET clinic services by providing wound and ostomy care on a part-time basis for out-patients, in-patients and homecare.
Boese has mentored five nursing partners in WOC. Each of these five partners achieved their WOC nursing certifications by way of her leadership, mentorship, support and by acting as preceptor when appropriate.