Dawn Hales fulfills lifelong dream of earning BSN, graduating from Iowa State

Student News
By Chelsea Davis


Despite a spring semester unlike any Iowa State has seen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dawn Hales is ecstatic about getting her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). It’s been a dream of hers for years.

Hales’ husband John, their three sons and their sons’ wives are all ISU alumni.

“I wanted to be an Iowa State grad and I wanted to get my BSN, so when they started the nursing program it was a win-win for me,” she said.

Iowa State’s nursing program has been flexible with her busy schedule, which includes being the director of nursing at Accura Healthcare in Ames, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center. Iowa State’s second cohort of nurses graduates this spring.

Read the full ISU News Service Story.

Key contacts

Dawn Hales, nursing student, dehales@iastate.edu

Chelsea Davis, ISU News Service, 515-294-4778, chelsead@iastate.edu

By Chelsea Davis