Jean Kono

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Title: Nursing Educator
Location: Davenport, Iowa, United States

Jean Kono, Nursing Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychiatric nursing and nursing education.

Ms. Kono always knew she wanted to help others and found that a career in nursing would best utilize her skills and compassion. Upon becoming a nursing educator, she realized she would be helping more people through training future generations of medical professionals. The highlight of Ms. Kono’s career was working with the students because she could see them and guide them. Her students have gone on to work in the ER and others have become parish nurses and teachers themselves. Another highlight was attending a conference and getting to meet many of the leaders in the psychiatric nursing field because she always admired what they did. Every time a former student or patient recognizes her out in public and thanks her is another moment she fondly reflects upon in her career.

In 1962, Ms. Kono received a diploma from Mercy Hospital and worked for a few years until she received a BSN from Mary Crest College in 1975. That same year, she became head nurse of mental health at St. Luke’s Hospital. From there, she worked as a child therapist at Vera French Mental Health Center, as a nurse manager of mental health at Mercy Hospital and as a clinical instructor at Eastern Iowa College. Ms. Kono retired in 2005. In her career, she maintained professional affiliation with the APNA and the Iowa Nurses Association. In her retirement, Ms. Kono enjoys sewing, hand making cards, bowling, swimming, and reading.

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