Two Nebraska nurse leaders receive Distinguished Nurse Leader Mentor Award

The Nebraska Organization of Nurse Leaders (NONL) is pleased to announce two recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Nurse Leader Mentor Award.

photo of Carol Wahl

Carol Wahl

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Jody Kempnich

Carol Wahl, Vice President of Patient Care Services at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney, and Jody Kempnich, Advanced Nurse Administrator at CHI Health in Omaha, will receive the award during the Nebraska Action Coalition’s “40 Under 40″ celebration on Sept. 18 in Lincoln.


The recipients were nominated by staff and professional colleagues and are being recognized for their excellence in mentoring nurses and others, including through communication and relationship-building, knowledge of the health care environment, leadership, professionalism, and business skills.

Dee Ernesti, president of the NONL, said the award positively impacts patient care through nursing leadership from the bedside to the board room: “NONL acknowledges that the leadership skills necessary to transform health care do not develop in a vacuum. Not all nurses begin their career with thoughts of becoming a leader. Recognition and nurturing of emerging talent such as the “40 Under 40″ award recipients by experienced, supportive, and committed mentors and role models like Carol and Jody is the key.”

To learn more about the event and the Nebraska Action Coalition, go to or contact Ernesti at

Congratulations to our “40 Under 40″ Nurse Leaders for 2014!

Following are the 2014 “40 Under 40″ Nurse Leaders (in first name alphabetical order)

Alyssa Garth
Amanda Kirkpatrick
Annette Schnell
Bernadette Vacha
Blake Smith
Christine Eisenhauer
Dawn Isaacs
Erin Hagg
Erin Starr
Jay Swanson
Jayne Robbins
Jenna Dubas
Jennifer Hirschbrunner
Jennifer Promes
Joely Goodman
Jordan Colwell
Julie Manz
Julie Vance
Katie Kranau
Katie McDonald
Kim Goracke
Kris Rohde
Kristien Simons
Lindsay Iverson
Margaret Woeppel
Marcia Shade
Megan Uphoff
Meghan Potthoff
Melissa Florell
Melissa Schiessler
Mindee Swanson
Nicole Orian
Niki Eisenmann
Rachel Schweikert
Rachel Thompson
Rebecca Bowman
Shana Schultz
Sheri Cunningham
Steph Hollman
Tasha Conley
Tiffany Ann Olson

Introducing Our New Diversity in Nursing Toolkit

collage of diverse nurses The need to diversify the nursing workforce in Nebraska is essential. The overall goal of this toolkit is to ensure a response in Nebraska that addresses the health care needs of an increasingly diverse population. This toolkit is a product of NAC’s State Implementation Grant (SIP) funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Actions initiated through the SIP grant respond to the call by the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 landmark report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health”. This resource, while broad, does not contain all possible sources of information and is meant to stimulate thinking about entrance into the nursing profession. See resources under our new “Explore Nursing” menu item. Read the full article here

March of Dimes 2014 “Nurse of the Year” Award

Support the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards for 2014. Celebrate their 10th annual event & nominate a nurse from any discipline before August 15th. Chairs for this year’s event are our own Rosanna Morris, member of the NAC Executive Committee, COO/CNO of the Nebraska Medical Center & Deb Arnow VP/CNO at Childrens Hospital and Medical Center.

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Senator Crawford’s Press Release: “Governor Vetoes Bipartisan, No-Cost Option to Expand Healthcare Access in Nebraska Over a 43-0 Vote

From Senator Crawford’s Website update April 28, 2014
State Senator Crawford at Town Hall Meeting
“On Tuesday, Governor Heineman vetoed LB 916 despite the fact that the bill received overwhelming support by the Legislature. I am extremely disappointed that Governor Heineman chose to veto a bill that garnered such strong support by members of the Legislature and the many Nebraskans who contacted my office on this issue. In the days since the veto, I continue to receive emails telling stories of nurse practitioners across Nebraska–particularly in rural areas–who cannot find a physician in their area willing to sign their integrated practice agreement or cannot afford the cost, sometimes in the tens of thousands of dollars, to secure such an agreement. These nurse practitioners want to work as nurse practitioners and serve their rural communities. However, the Governor’s veto leaves them without a viable option to practice short of moving to another area….read the full article here