UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s nurses have been named among the greatest in Iowa. Sheri Allen and Lisa Mascarello 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.
Allen is a Nurse Manager of Outpatient Services which includes Surgical Services, Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), Infusion Center, Pre-Admission Testing (PAT), and Radiology nurses. As a nurse at St. Luke’s since 1981, Allen started in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). In 1986, she moved within St. Luke’s to the PACU and soon became Clinical Coordinator and Manager. Allen continued to advance in her career and take on additional responsibilities in other areas of the hospital.
Allen started her education in Brookings, South Dakota at South Dakota State University. She received her Associate's Degree in Nursing at St. Luke’s College. Allen then received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing from Allen College. In 2014, she became certified as a Nurse Manager Leader.
Allen is active in choir, as a pianist, and has assisted as a Sunday School Teacher for Adaville Methodist Church in Merrill, Iowa and is a member of Gideon Auxiliary.
Mascarello is a Nurse Manager of Oncology/Surgery at St. Luke’s. She started her career at Mid Step Services as a Direct Care Worker and Supervisor for Mentally Challenged Adults. In 2002, she joined St. Luke’s as a nurse in the Orthopedic Department. She went on to serve in the Post Critical Department, ICU and the Hospitalist Program. Mascarello has served on the St. Luke’s Palliative Care Committee which helped kick-start the program. She serves on the Community Continuum of Care Committee which coordinates the medical care throughout the tristate area. Mascarello was also instrumental in launching the Rapid Response Team and developing the Congestive Heart Failure initiatives and core measures at St. Luke’s.
Mascarello received her Associate's Degree in Nursing from Western Iowa Tech and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Allen College.
Mascarello is also very involved in the community as a volunteer for the Woodbury County Medical Reserve Corp. and the June E. Nylen Cancer Center. She is a Guardian at Mid Step Services as well as a volunteer for various events around Sioux City.
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.