Outside of urban areas, acres of cornfields blanket the Iowan horizon as far as the eye can see. This big sky country offers magnificent sunsets and equally magnificent light shows as powerful thunderstorms light up the sky, sending residents dashing for shelter at the sound of the tornado siren. The mighty Mississippi River spans Iowa’s eastern border, and the river city of Davenport is home to Palmer College of Chiropractic the world’s oldest institute for teaching the art of spinal manipulation. For those seeking to learn to manipulate language rather than vertebrae, the Iowa Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa in Iowa City has a long and storied history of educating some of the world’s finest scribes. That same illustrious institution is home to the University of Iowa College of Nursing, one of the nation’s best nursing programs, which was established 1898. U.S. News and World Report has named the University of Iowa College of Nursing number one in both nursing service administration and geriatric nursing graduate programs, despite the fact that it is the smallest of the Big Ten colleges of nursing.