2010 PA of the Year

MorrisNancy Morris - Iowa PA of the Year 2010

Nancy Morris is a PA who has worked in Cedar Rapids for more than 25 years, and who has been a key player in achieving major PA legislative accomplishments as well as being an outstanding clinical PA. She pioneered PA practice in Cedar Rapids, one of the most challenging places in Iowa to become accepted as a PAs. Nancy is an outstanding PA clinician who did such a good job that she is well respected by the Cedar Rapids medical community and PAs are now accepted in that town.

Despite her busy clinical practice, teaching students, and raising a family, Nancy never failed to enthusiastically answer a succession of calls for help with PA legislation. By always responding with a can do attitude and asking what she could do to help, she provided timely and essential motivation to the rest of us to continue our efforts despite the seemingly impossible odds against our chances of success. Most importantly, she was especially adept at quickly understanding an issue and explaining it clearly to legislators. She hosted meetings at her home in Cedar Rapids with key legislators at critical times. These leaders included Speaker of the House, Ron Corbett, and Senate Majority Leader, Wally Horn, both of Cedar Rapids. By skillfully explaining the PA concept and the proposed legislative changes, she persuaded these legislative leaders to support crucial PA legislation. Because of this Iowa has one of the best PA laws in the nation. In Iowa PAs and supervising physicians regulate PAs, including PA supervision. PAs are now at the table when medical legislation is considered. Among many legislative accomplishments,

Nancy was instrumental in achieving the following legislative successes, even though each was mistakenly opposed by organized medicine in Iowa.

  • PA separate regulatory board - 1988 PA prescribing - 1991
  • PA third party reimbursement - 1996 PA licensing reform - 2003
  • PA rules reform - 2007
  • PA corporation membership - 2010

In addition to all her work on behalf of sensible legislation for PAs and our physicians, Nancy has been a life long member of the Iowa PA society - helping to provide the financial support essential to meeting our unique challenges in Iowa. Though her consistent efforts to achieve sensible PA regulation, Nancy has helped all of us do a better job of taking care of our patients. All of us owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude for her unfailing efforts to ensure Iowa PA laws allow the physician / PA team to use their skills for the benefit of our patients. The Iowa PA Society is proud to name Nancy Morris, 2010 PA of the Year!

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