Allen College

Allison Wynes, DNP
Allen College Class of 2011 - Master of Science in Nursing, AGACNP
Allen College Class of 2014 - Post-Graduate Certificate, FNP

Employment History

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Medical Intensive Care Unit – Lead Advanced Practice Provider
- I have worked in the MICU for the past nine years as a provider, eight years as the lead, and have grown the team from one to eight providers. I am passionate about critical care and critical care education for all providers. I am also one of the original content developers and faculty of “Critical Skills for Critical Care” training course put on by CHEST (American College of Chest Physicians).

What led you to pursue your education at Allen College

I chose Allen College to start my NP education for two reasons. At the time, it was the only program in Iowa that offered an Acute Care track, and given that critical care is my passion, I knew it was important for me to follow that educational path. In addition, being from the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area, I knew of Allen’s reputation as a strong nursing school. One of my co-workers at the time was a brilliant RN and graduated from Allen. I felt confident that Allen would provide me with the education I needed to begin my career as an Acute Care NP.

Any accomplishments, awards, or proud moments?

I’m most proud of the NP/PA team I have built in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the University of Iowa. We are a group of professionals that staffs the unit 24/7. We are a group of strong, educated professionals that practices at the top of our license. We also provide a great deal of continuity in the MICU.

I am also very proud of all of the media, education, and personal stories I have been able to share with the public during this pandemic. I have created “COVID Diaries” to educate the public on what it’s like to work in a COVID unit. I also have appeared in both local and national television and print media.

Check out these examples on YouTube:

The COVID-19 Diaries, October 2020

The COVID-19 Diaries, December 2020

What piece of advice would you give to current Allen students?

Keep going. Put the time and energy into your education now and be prepared to never stop learning.