Deb Tekippe named a “Great Iowa Nurse”

Released: 03/04/16

Deb Tekippe of Same Day Services and Nursing Education was named a 2016 "Great Iowa Nurse" by the Iowa Hospital Association. Deb (center) is pictured with Chief Administrative Officer Lisa Radtke (left) and Chief Medical Officer Robert Flinchbaugh, D.O. (right) at this year's staff appreciation celebration, where she was honored for 40 years of service to WMC.

Deb Tekippe, RN, BSN, a 40-year Winneshiek Medical Center nurse, has been named one of 100 Great Iowa Nurses.

The 100 Great Iowa Nurses program recognizes outstanding nurses whose exceptional contributions to patients, colleagues, and the profession are truly remarkable.

Deb was nominated by her colleagues at Winneshiek Medical Center, and a panel of 18 reviewers around the state recommended her as a recipient from more than 500 nominations. The Iowa Hospital Association, Iowa Nurses Association, Iowa Nurses Foundation, and the University of Iowa College of Nurses made the final selections.


Deb has worked at Winneshiek Medical Center since 1975 as a nurse in the med/surg, obstetrics, and same day services departments. In 2005, Deb began to serve as a unit supervisor for same day services. Deb is also the nursing education coordinator, a preceptor for newly hired nurses, a PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) instructor and an AIDET instructor at Winneshiek Medical Center. (AIDET is a patient communication framework to reduce anxiety: Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explanation, Thank You.)

In 1988, Deb also began teaching at Northeast Iowa Community College. As a college-level educator, hundreds of future nurses have had the good fortune to be under her instruction. Mary Sender, director of surgery, same day services and emergency at Winneshiek Medical Center, says, “Deb does not cut corners in teaching others and capitalizes on the unplanned teachable moments. She has high expectations for her students and trains them to be critical thinkers to be able to respond to varied health care situations… Deb teaches future nurses to be just like her.”

In addition to her commitment to nursing education, Deb is a community health advocate and she volunteers with local cancer prevention events/groups. She leads the WMC Cancer Resource Center, participates in Relay For Life and Get Your Rear in Gear, and sits on the Winneshiek County Celebration of Life board. She is also a dedicated volunteer for Winneshiek Medical Center events and programming, including community wellness events, 2014 WMC centennial celebration events and she was the on the initial planting team for WMC’s edible landscape.

Deb has a genuine love for her patients, students, and colleagues, and displays her commitment through her actions. Words that have been used to describe Deb include: compassionate, empathetic, dependable, skilled, dedicated, loving, personable, mentor, and educator. She has been described as a servant leader; never seeking recognition for her work. Brenda Dietiker, director of clinic nursing at Winneshiek Medical Center says, “Deb is someone who demonstrates and exemplifies the very definition of a nurse. She gives 150% all the time, for everything she does, and her patients and colleagues are the fortunate recipients of her great compassion, empathy, skill and kindness.”

A recognition ceremony honoring the 100 Great Iowa Nurses will be held on Sunday, May 1 at the Iowa Events Center/Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines.


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