Past Conference Highlights

My Leadership Journey of Human Caring

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Dr. Linda Burnes Bolton

“Leadership is not measured by the number of accolades, positions you hold, or amount of wealth you accumulate. You’re on the path to being your best when you have reached a point on your leadership journey where you can be of assistance and influence a larger sphere of society.

I became a nurse because I wanted to care for others, and I wanted to reduce health disparities and inequities. But I learned early on that I needed to care and act. That’s why I’ve sought out leadership positions in organizations that help to provide safe and equitable care and access for everyone. I’ve tried to change structures and policies to break down barriers and reduce disparities so that more people can lead healthier lives.”

Click here to download Dr. Bolton’s Powerpoint presentation on this subject.

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.

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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

2nd Annual Reception Honoring Nebraska’s Nurse Leaders – Sept.18

Flyer for 40 Under 40 Reception

Advance Reservation $20; Day of event $25


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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