UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s nurses have been named among the greatest in Iowa. Anna Bult, RN, BSN, and James (Freddie) Tallent, RN, BS, were recently honored as two of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses, a recognition program of the Iowa Nurses Association, for their commitment, competence and courage in the field of nursing.
Bult is a staff nurse for the Emergency Department at St. Luke’s. She provides care for patients of all age groups and conditions, from treating chest and abdominal pains to injuries and trauma.
As a St. Luke’s nurse since 2007, Bult started in Medical Telemetry and transferred to the Emergency Department in 2009. Previously, she served as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at a nursing home in Le Mars, IA.
Bult received her Associate of Science in Nursing from St. Luke’s College – UnityPoint Health, Sioux City, IA, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Allen College, Waterloo, IA. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Basic Life Support (BLS), and Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC). She is also an Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) member.
As an Invasive Cardiology Manager at St. Luke’s, Tallent manages day to day operations for the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Electrophysiology (EP) Lab, Peripheral Lab and the Cardiology Services Unit.
Tallent started his career as a Hospital Corpsman, Petty Officer Third Class, for the United States Navy in 1982. Tallent then served as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Knoxville, TN and as a Camp RN for “Strength for the Journey” in Tennessee, a retreat for individuals with HIV and AIDS. He later served as a RN for American Traveler Staffing Professionals which allowed him to take nursing assignments across the United States from 2003 to 2012.
He received his Bachelor of Science, Health Arts from University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL. Tallent is a Certified Nurse Manager Leader (CNML) and is certified in ACLS and BLS. He is also a member of the Society of Cardiac Invasive Professionals, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Assembly for Men in Nursing, American Nurses Association, and the Iowa Nurses Association.
The 100 Great Iowa Nurses program recognizes outstanding nurses whose exceptional contributions to patients, colleagues and the profession are truly remarkable. Over 500 nominations were collected this year from colleagues, patients and others. Those selected among Iowa’s top nurses have advanced the nursing profession, demonstrated excellence in patient care and continue to lead through mentoring and education.