The NAC Lives!

Awarded State Implementation Program (SIP) grant funding for 2 yrs through RWJF.  (See Grant Action Steps and Deliverables). This award will help to sustain our organization to continue to work to transform healthcare in Nebraska through transformation of the nursing profession. Congratulations to the SIP team members: Linda Lazure, Marilyn Valerio, Aubray Orduna, Liane Connelly, Mary Cramer, Diane Brage-Hudson, & Caryn Hohnholt – the award is a testimony to what passion combined with teamwork  can do.

NHA Research and Educational Foundation Scholarships

The Graduate Studies Tuition Aid Program offers eight students $3,000 per academic year and the Undergraduate Health Care Career Scholarship Program offers ten students $1,000 per academic year. Application process begins March, 2013. For more information about health care career scholarship programs, please visit the Nebraska Hospital Association website at


December 2012 Update

Happy Holidays Nebraska Nurses! Looking back on 2012, I can say it has been a pleasure for me to serve as Director of the NAC and work with you to transform healthcare in Nebraska. I want to thank you for your passion, support, and work to spread the word in our state. Together we will write a new chapter in the history of our profession and patient care improvement. To accomplish this I encourage you to help spread the message. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter. Just click the button, like us, and share with your family, friends, and colleagues to move this initiative forward – time is of the essence!

December happenings:

  • Meetings with MadonnaRehabHospital and Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. Invited to speak to NHA Board on Jan 23 in Lincoln
  • Submitted addendum for SIP grant through RWJF. Positive feedback received- optimistic that we will win award at the end of January.
  • Letter to the Editor from NAC on Sunday, Dec. 9 –
  • Meeting with Jonas Scholar (RWJF doctoral student honoree) Michelle Johnson- involve in pushing IOM Recommendations
  • Cool pocket guide with the NAC vision, mission, elevator speech, talking points, contact info, scan code, and FB and Twitter info. Hope to send out after the first of the year

The NAC greatly appreciates donations in the past 2 months from:

  • Jean Farnam – NebraskaMethodistCollege $30
  • MethodistHospital $1000
  • Steph Burge – UNMC Kearney $100
  • St.FrancisHospital, Grand Island $2500

Education Team: Draft of BSN competencies was presented to the NANDD meeting held in Kearney December 6.   Feedback sought by March 2013. Input will be sought from the NAC Practice and Leadership Teams in the next two months

Leadership Team: Updated action plan through SIP grant application Merging Leadership and Education to Implement IOM recommendations in Nebraska. As part of the Nebraska Action Coalition – Future of Nursing’s initiative we want Nebraska nurses to see themselves as leaders from the bedside to the boardroom.  These are opportunities to help you on your journey:

Practice Team: First meeting held on the 407 Review Process on Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners on Dec., 14th with testimony delivered by L. Lazure. Many hours of work have gone into collaborating with our NNP partners.

Featured Articles (Resources from

Education: Panelists identified the shortage of nursing faculty as a major challenge, as prospective students are wait-listed and existing nurses are unable to continue their education. The panel recommended that employers and higher education providers must collaborate to improve program access. Find out more about the panel and report here.


Leadership: Opinion Leaders Say Nurses Should Have More Influence on Health Systems & Services

Practice: Advancing Health in Rural America: Maximizing Nursing’s Impact (June 2011). Examines the challenges of providing access to quality, affordable care in rural areas. Evidence shows that nurses can provide care to meet the complex health needs in rural areas.



Nurses still most trusted profession!

Six medical professional categories were included in this year’s update. Nurses’ high rating this year is not unexpected; they have scored at the top of all professions every year since they were first included in the list in 1999 — apart from 2001, when Gallup asked about “firefighters” on a one-time basis after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Nurses receive a 10-percentage-point higher rating than pharmacists, who in turn are five points above medical doctors.

The honesty ratings of all of these medical professions are at the highest levels in Gallup’s history, albeit by slim margins. Doctors’ 70% honesty rating this year is the same as last year’s, but up from as low as 47% in the mid-1990s. Nurses are now up one point from their previous high, and pharmacists are two points higher than their previous record. Pharmacists routinely topped the list before Gallup began including nurses.

November 2012 Update: Happy Thanksgiving


The Nebraska Action Coalition (NAC) is a finalist for the State Implementation Program (SIP) grant through RWJF! We were interviewed on 11/6 and will be submitting an addendum with more highly defined strategies to move education and leadership forward in Nebraska based on evidence. The grant funds will help sustain the NAC over the next 2 years to carry out our education, practice and leadership initiatives. We will be notified in mid January. The Exec Committee created our vision statement at our fall retreat meeting in October: Transforming leadership. Best practices. Quality healthcare.

We have developed a cool pocket guide with the NAC vision, mission, elevator speech, talking points, contact info, scan code, and FB and Twitter info. Should be sending out in December.
As part of the Nebraska Action Coalition – Future of Nursing’s initiative we want Nebraska nurses to see themselves as leaders from the bedside to the boardroom. Below are opportunities to help you on your journey:

The NAC greatly appreciates donations in the past month from:

  • Jean Farnam- Omaha $30
  • Steph Burge – Kearney $100
  • Methodist Hospital $1000 

Attention young nurses and all nurses who think young: The Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), a partnership of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and AARP is seeking volunteers to serve as a Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action Online Community Leader. If you use social media this is your chance to spread the word about our work. We’re looking for volunteers to represent our Action Coalition by posting two times per week in the community. In time, your support will turn the site into a daily destination for the latest campaign information and elevate our state’s work to the national level. Interact by going to by posting on the community link, answering questions from other nurses from across the country, uploading video to share your vision of a transformed health care system. If you are interested in becoming an Action Coalition Online Community Leader, you will contribute greatly to our overall success. For more on this opportunity, contact Colleen Krepstekies at Here is how you can help:

  • Contribute twice a week on our state’s issue related to nursing practice, leadership, interprofessional collaboration, diversity, and data
  • Share our website  & find team updates, events, vision/statements, links to other nursing organizations and the weekly Campaign for Action newsletter. Our website is interactive. Register as a user and comment away!!!
  • Like us on FB – Nebraska Action Coalition-Future of Nursing, Twitter – NAC4Nursing

The Executive Committee of the NAC and I wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving!

We are most grateful to our new donor-members over the past 2 months

$5-$25 level:
W. Deman, C. Franklin, P. Kennedy, J. Brown, S. McArdle.
$26-$50 level:
D. Sears, S. Hayek, T. Whitmore, K. Grigsby, A. Orduna*, J. Sundermeier,
V. Cook, J. Dougherty, L. Emanuel
$100 level:
D. Brage-Hudson, L. Walline, L. Lazure*,   J. Carmody, K. Wade, C. Wahl,
A. Mackevicius.
$200 level:
N.Gondringer, J. Sebastian
$250 level:
B. Cernech
$1000 level:
C. McCullough*
(* designates repeat donor):

Congratulations 40 under 40 Honorees

Congratulations to our honorees representing the entire state of Nebraska. These individuals will be honored at this week’s reception: Honoring Nurse Leaders: 40 under 40, held at Bryan Health Medical Plaza East We look forward to celebrating with you! Best to all of you as you continue to hone your leadership skills. Honorees in alphabetical order are:

Elizabeth Beam, Angela Beck, Heidi Bergen, Nicole Blaser, Kimber Bonner, Jayma Brown, Alison Bruckner, Nicole Colgrove, Joe Council, Theresa Delahoyde, Anne Dey, Betsy Feilmeier, Molly Fitzke, Shane Fleming, Danielle Geiger, Christi Glesmann, Nolan Gurnsey, Douglass Haas, Kelley Hasenauer, Heidi Keeler, Wendell Lewis III, Kelly Mackling, Natalie Mandolfo, Heidi Merritt, Torri Merten, Margo Minnich, Tiffany Moore, Melisa Paradis, Kimberly Peterson, Marcie Peterson, Karin Ricker, Mike Romano, Lori Rusch, Dara Schlecht, Sean Scribner, Heather Swanson, Heather Talbott, Josh VanBoening, Kari Wade, and Tara Whitmire.