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

photo of Jody Kempnich

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