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NMC Holds Fall 2014 Commencement

Posted on Fri, Dec 19, 2014

It's finally that time! They put in the hours and all the extra work and now's it's time to walk across the stage and accept the degree they worked so hard to achieve. Graduation service was held at St. Andrew's Methodist Church on Friday, December 19th. Congrats class of 2014!

 

Graduates and their degrees are as follows: 

Master of Science, Healthcare Operations Management

Laura M. Clementz Lakewood, OH
Elizabeth Anne Drinkall Omaha, NE
Angela Denise Williams Kearney, NE

Master of Science, Health Promotion Management

Heidi Ann Feehrmeyer Bellevue, NE
Dionelle Cenona Harrell Omaha, NE
Melissa Ann Morris Offutt AFB, NE
Megan Leigh Norriss Burlington, NC
Benjamin Howe Parrish Wyomissing, PA
Jason Darryl Rutz Weston, FL
Megan Nicole Schmitt Cedar Rapids, IA

Master of Science in Nursing

Trisha Lynn Beiermann Parker, CO
Melissa Ann Buckingham Omaha, NE
Melissa Sue Buman Bellevue, NE
Carol A. Chase Prospect, KY
Melissa Gabrielle Coffin Bellevue, NE
Susan  Crowder Las Vegas, NV
Kathleen  Gammie Omaha, NE
Erin Leigh Heaverlo Omaha, NE
Amy Gage Lechtenberg Glenwood, IA
Jennifer Ann Renken Omaha, NE
Stephanie Springer Russell Winston, GA
Jillian Lee Sisson Omaha, NE
Susan Jean Timm LaVista, NE
Kristen Ann Villarreal Omaha, NE

Post Master's Certificate, Nurse Executive

Linda Jeanne VerSteeg Orange City, IA

Bachelor of Science, Healthcare Administration 

Messina Lynn Maxwell Papillion, NE
Marcy Denise Volnek Valley, NE

Bachelor of Science, Health Promotion 

Kara Elizabeth Horton Imperial, NE

Bachelor of Science, Health Studies

Mikaela Marie Esterling Omaha, NE

Bachelor of Science, Imaging Sciences 

Jaime Nicole Kilday Council Bluffs, IA
Nikki Christine Palmer Elkhorn, NE

Bachelor of Science in Nursing 

Nikki Lea Bachtell Omaha, NE
Audrey Jane Barker Omaha, NE
Amarela  Becirovic Omaha, NE
Austin LuAnn Black Omaha, NE
Nikki Blume Castana, IA
Kelly Katherine Callan Lincoln, NE
Bailey Lanae Collins Omaha, NE
Holly Jo Darrington Underwood, IA
Danielle Renae Davis Nebraska City, NE
Ashley Brooke Dunn Lincoln, NE
Alicia Nicole Exstrom Omaha, NE
Allyson Christine Fortenberry Omaha, NE
Jessica Ann Freeman Omaha, NE
Elizabeth Marie Gartner Omaha, NE
Bonnie Sue Gengler Omaha, NE
Samantha Ann Hoffmann Omaha, NE
Sarah Ann Hogueison Council Bluffs, IA
Sarah Marie Holst Omaha, NE
Loralee Louise Jarrell Council Bluffs, IA
Jessica Carolynn Kenyon Roswell, GA
Mary H. Kosnjek Omaha, NE
Katie Lynn Koth Omaha, NE
Danielle Sue Kracl Omaha, NE
Courtney Jane Lawson Valley, NE
Michaela Ann Leffler Fremont, NE
Mia Janette Lippold Omaha, NE
Mary Margaret Lockhart Bellevue, NE
Tasha Nicole Lodwig Elkhorn, NE
Dianna Lynn Magee Vancouver, WA
Kaitlyn Anne McCarville Omaha, NE
Emily Jo Miller Omaha, NE
Kristen Anne Miller Bellevue, NE
Samuel Charles Minardi Bellevue, NE
Emily Anne Mulholland Omaha, NE
Anthony John Opitz Omaha, NE
Jessica Claire Siniard Omaha, NE
Anna Marie Sohl Omaha, NE
Rebecca Lynn Richmond Newton, IA
Jamie Renea Tackett Gretna, NE
Sarah Renee Tiell Ralston, NE
Kathryn Elizabeth Tremmel Wayne, NE
Hanna Eve Voss Elkhorn, NE
Amy Lynn Waldstein Council Bluffs, IA
Kaleigh Anne Will Omaha, NE
Arlene Laverne Williams Omaha, NE
Lindsey Mariah Wood Papillion, NE
Elizabeth Ann Zimmerman Papillion, NE
Samantha Jo Zuehlke Omaha, NE

 

Feel free to leave comments below wishing them luck in their new endeavors.

Tags: student achievements, healthcare education

NMC Student Maureen W. Gatere Wins RWJF-NCIN Essay Contest

Posted on Mon, Dec 01, 2014

Nebraska Methodist College accelerated BSN student, Maureen Gatere entered the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation essay contest and was selected as the winner for October 2014. Below is her winning essay.

I believe this about nursing…"it is more than a profession, it is a vocation, a way of life, and will forever define who I am."

Maureen_W._GatereIn my previous life as a maternal and child health public health profession, I met a nursing professor, Ms. Kimberly Hall, who nurtured my long standing desire to be a nurse. Initially, I did not believe I had what it takes to be a part of such an honorable career, but all that changed when my dear father was diagnosed with aggressive, stage IV gastric cancer in January of 2013. I did not have any medical training, but I knew that the prognosis was dismal, and the oncologist confirmed my fears within two weeks of the diagnosis. I had to juggle the responsibility of being my father’s primary caregiver, my work and my family responsibilities as well as cope with the anticipatory grief of dad’s imminent passing. It was the most difficult time of my life as I waded through a maze of medical, ethical and cultural dilemmas during the remaining six months that my father was alive. I believe I provided him with the best care a daughter can to her father in his final months, and that was the defining moment that I had what it takes. I wanted to care for other patients as I had for my father, and as the wonderful health care team, especially the nurses, had cared for him and for us as a family. My dad’s terminal illness, the nurses who provided most of his care, and Ms. Hall have been the most significant inspirations in my desire to be a nurse. 

I have been in the accelerated BSN program at Nebraska Methodist College for the last nine months, and every day, I feel more and more prepared to be nurse and a nurse leader. The most significant lesson I have learned so far is the importance of the philosophical and theoretical frameworks of caring, elaborated by Jean Watson, as the guiding principles in the profession and the vocation that is nursing. I remain passionate about women’s and children’s health, and I hope to obtain a DNP in women’s health in the next few years.

I will be forever grateful for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship, without which this journey would not have been possible for me. The rigor of an accelerated BSN program necessitates that I give it my undivided attention, and any substantial employment is impossible. I am also limited in borrowing federal education funds as a second Bachelor’s degree seeker. I am grateful that there is the opportunity to continue into advanced nursing degrees with support from the Foundation. I am also incredibly grateful to my mentor Ms. Hall, my academic advisor Dr. Ward, my supportive family, and most of all, my late father, whose sacrifice made this journey possible.

Tags: student life, student spotlight, Nursing

NMC Holds Summer 2014 Commencement

Posted on Fri, Aug 08, 2014

It's finally that time! They put in the hours and all the extra work and now's it's time to walk across the stage and accept the degree they worked so hard to achieve. Graduation service was held at St. Andrew's Methodist Church on Friday, August 8th. Congrats class of 2014!

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BSN graduates(BSN graduates pictued above)

 

Graduates and their degrees are as follows: 

Master of Science, Healthcare Operations Management

Joyce Elaine Clayton, Central City, NE
Robert Edward King, San Mateo, CA
Anthony Lee Troester, Lincoln, NE

Master of Science in Nursing

Kelly-Jo Pass Balignasay, Urbandale, IA
Deborah Ann Brester, Howells, NE
Mary Katherine Clark, Omaha, NE
Alicia Lynn Cronin, Omaha, NE
Amy Lynn Doppenberg, Sheldon, IA
Jill Christine Ferguson, Omaha, NE
Alisha Annmarie Lyons, Papillion, NE
Sarah Ann Martensen, Omaha, NE
Jacqueline Rae Miller, Omaha, NE
Jennifer Renee Sobczyk, LaVista, NE
Melanie Mae Surber, Herman, NE

Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration

J Winfield Hocking, Lincoln, NE
Jamie Rae Jennings, Sidney, IA
Elise Renee Revoy, Omaha, NE

Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion

Rebecca Jean Kozol, Papillion, NE

Bachelor of Science in Health Studies

Jaimee Lee Miller, Ormond Beach, FL
Alison Christina Olson, Gretna, NE

Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences

Rachel Elaine Briggs, Missouri Valley, IA
Stephanie Christine Kirchhoff, Lewis, IA
Kayla Jae Kuhn, Central City, NE
Jamie Lea Seger, Omaha, NE

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Valerie Renee Balkovec, Omaha, NE
Melissa Anne Davis, Winside, NE
Peggy A. Dyer, Omaha, NE
Erica Patricia Dytrych, Omaha, NE
Kierstin Elizabeth Ehlers-Hansen, Omaha, NE
Sarah Jean Fitzpatrick, Omaha, NE
Rebecca Ann Gerken, Omaha, NE
Daniel Edward Gokie, Omaha, NE
Lisa Jo Hughes-Potter, Omaha, NE
Trinh Phuong Huynh, Omaha, NE
Jillian Lee Jacobsen, Omaha, NE
Brooke Allison Kelly, Omaha, NE
Sara Ranae Krueger, Bellevue, NE
Meghan Julyn Larson, Omaha, NE
Ryan Paul Malcom, Omaha, NE
Elizabeth Kathyren Mandel, Omaha, NE
Angela Celeste Manley, Glenwood, IA
Melissa Claire McCue, Omaha, NE
Brooke Elizabeth Morgan, Omaha, NE
Karen Ann Newmaster, Bellevue, NE
Kathryn Ann Nichols, Sioux Falls, SD
Lindsay Lee Overman, Omaha, NE
Tiffany Marie Sandall, Blair, NE
Lyndsey  Schlegel, Omaha, NE
Elizabeth Reuline Schooler, Omaha, NE
Danay Jean Taylor, Hooper, NE
Jessie Rae Washburn, Ashland, NE
Michele Katherine Weis, Earling, IA
Laurie Nicole Wilson, Blair, NE

Associate of Science, Radiologic Technology

Allyson Beth Clark, Omaha, NE
Katie Ann Cooper, Omaha, NE
Lynnette Jeannine Grow, Omaha, NE
Jaime Nicole Kilday, Council Bluffs, IA
Samuel Jacob Kneifl, Omaha, NE
Christopher Levi Knobel, Omaha, NE
Rebecca Jean Kozol, Papillion, NE
Christina Marie Martinez, Plattsmouth, NE
Megan Brooke McKelvey, Omaha, NE
Alison Christina Olson, Gretna, NE
Mallary Lei Oropeza, Omaha, NE
Bianca  Ortiz, Fremont, NE
Nikki Christine Palmer, Elkhorn, NE
Lindsey Ann Rollins, Council Bluffs, IA
Monica Lynn Schroeder, Springfield, NE
Sabrina Kaye Stamps, Ashland, NE
Shelby Marie Strong, Murray, NE

Certificate in Medical Assisting

Jamie Marie Cheek, Bellevue, NE
Daphne Jean Dearing, Omaha, NE
Kari Jo Ferguson, Omaha, NE
Amber Jean Floyd, Omaha, NE
Whitney Ann Gillespie, Omaha, NE
Yolanda  Gonzalez, Bellevue, NE
Blair Elizabeth Lambert, Papillion, NE
Laurie Ann Lingebach, Bellevue, NE
Danielle Christine McFerrin, Bennington, NE
Ashle Marie McWilliams, Omaha, NE
Sally Anne Oliver, Omaha, NE
Bethany  Paulson, Omaha, NE
Tess Louise Peck, Wahoo, NE
Jacqueline  Perez-Rodriguez, Omaha, NE
Emily Alyssa Spomer, Omaha, NE
Erica Lynn Wilson, Omaha, NE

 

Feel free to leave comments below wishing them luck in their new endeavors.

Tags: student achievements, healthcare education, rad tech program

Mythbusters: Online RN to BSN Programs that Claim to Require No Clinicals

Posted on Wed, Aug 06, 2014

If you’ve ever taken a driver’s education course, you know that one of the most important parts of learning how to drive is actually getting behind the wheel and hitting the road. No matter how closely you read your driver’s manual, you still need to learn how by actually doing it.

The same is true of nursing. Hands-on experience is a crucial part of a nurse’s education. Clinicals and practice experiences are a chance for students to take what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to real life settings. In order to prepare nursing students for their future careers, there really is no substitute for learning by doing.

Nurse talking with young patient

However, many online RN to BSN programs exist today requiring “no clinicals.” While that may be enticing, there are a few things prospective students should know and consider when choosing the program that is best for them:

  • Employers look at experience. When a hospital or healthcare organization considers hiring you, they look at how much hands-on experience you’ve received and how much they will have to invest to train you. Having more experience will increase your chances of getting a job.
  • Consider choosing an accredited program. Nebraska Methodist College’s RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), one of the nation’s most trusted nursing accreditors. CCNE requires students to have clinical training or practice experiences regardless of program type in order to graduate. Choosing an accredited program ensures a level of quality in your education and that your credits will transfer should you want to pursue an advanced degree. Employers also typically tend to prefer graduates from accredited schools.
  • Many “no clinical” programs still require field or practice experiences. These experiences are very similar to nursing clinicals, but go by another name. While these experiences typically differ from traditional clinicals of four-year BSN programs, they still accomplish the same mission of building your on-the-job experience. At NMC, RN to BSN students are required to participate in two practice experiences — one using a computerized simulation of a patient and the other working with a local agency or organization to benefit a vulnerable population in the community.
  • Clinical and practice experiences will make you a better nurse. These experiences are important pieces of the curriculum in order to prepare you for what you will encounter in the field. Focus on choosing a degree program that both fits your life and will prepare you to perform at your best as a nurse.

Tags: nurse education, Nursing

Traditional Versus Accelerated BSN: Which is Right for You?

Posted on Tue, Jun 17, 2014

Today’s job market can be challenging. However, nursing continues to be one of the most in-demand careers available. If you already have a degree but are interested in switching to a career in nursing, you have options.

At Nebraska Methodist College, interested students can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) through either the college’s traditional or accelerated programs. While the pace of Nebraska Methodist College’s traditional BSN is what you’d expect in a four-year setting, the college’s Accelerated Community-Based Education (ACE) nursing program puts students on the fast track to their new nursing career. Through the ACE program — which is for those students who have already earned a previous associate’s or bachelor’s degree — students with can earn their BSN in just 15 months.

ACE vs Traditional

Here are a few questions you should ask yourself when deciding between the two programs:

  • What level of time commitment can I make to earning my degree? 

In either program, earning your BSN degree requires a significant time commitment in terms of attending class, studying course materials and participating in clinical experiences. However, because of its fast pace, the ACE program requires a greater time commitment from students than the traditional BSN. Students in the ACE program should be prepared to devote hours comparable to a full-time job to their coursework for the 15 months of the program.

  • Can I have a fulltime job while I earn my degree?

While students in the traditional program are able to have jobs outside the classroom, Nebraska Methodist College recommends students in the ACE program not have a job because of the commitment the program requires.

  • What kind of learner am I? 

Both programs require students to have strong learning skills, but if you are able to assimilate and demonstrate new knowledge and skills at a fast pace, the ACE program might be right for you.

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Another Option to Consider: ACE Blended

Nebraska Methodist College’s upcoming ACE Blended program will combine the fast pace of the ACE program with the advantages of online learning. The program, beginning in Spring 2016, will offer students another tailored option to earn their BSN in just 15 months. Through the ACE Blended program, students will attend online classes Monday through Friday from the comfort of their homes and complete clinical experiences on the weekends. Like the ACE program, ACE Blended is for students who are rapid learners who can devote full-time hours to the program.

 

Tags: healthcare education, Nursing

Six Tips for College Students During Summer Break

Posted on Mon, Jun 09, 2014


6 Tips for College Students During Spring BreakSummer break can be a chance for college students to rest and recharge after a busy year. It also can be a great opportunity to get ahead. In either case, it’s important for students to retain the valuable knowledge and skills they learned in the classroom. 

Kevin Powers, Coordinator of Academic Success at Nebraska Methodist College, offers the following tips for students to use their summer wisely in order to hit the ground running when they return in the fall: 

  • Use it or lose it. It’s a lot easier to forget things than it is to remember them. Find ways to stay connected to your material during summer break. Make time each week to brush up by reviewing notes, answering questions in textbooks or practicing some of the skills you learned in your labs with friends. It can prevent you from having to take time to relearn that material later. 
  • Get a job. Finding a summer job or internship in your field of study will help you maintain, and likely expand upon, the knowledge you’ve learned in the classroom. Plus, that job or internship will give you important experience that you can put on your résumé. 
  • Take a summer course. If you want to get ahead, taking a class during the summer can be a good way to earn credits ahead of schedule and maintain your academic momentum. Keep your expectations realistic though, and don’t overload yourself with too much work. 
  • Work ahead. Even if you’re not taking a summer class, you can still get a jumpstart on fall by doing things like previewing the texts or viewing videos online associated with your upcoming courses. Reach out to your instructor for recommendations. 
  • New students, get to know your advisor. Advisors are filled a wealth of essential information. Visit them often and ask questions. They can help you plan your schedule as well as understand what to expect in your first year and beyond. 
  • Take a break. College is tough, and sometimes we all need a mental break. Whether you are working to maintain what you’ve learn or trying to get ahead, make sure to find time to relax and properly recharge your batteries this summer.

Feel free to comment about your favorite summer activities.

Tags: healthcare education, student life, college, lists

Graduate Spotlight: Molly Bouc, Surgical Technology

Posted on Thu, May 22, 2014

Nebraska Methodist College student Molly Bouc is one of the many members of the recently graduated Class of 2014. Bouc graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Surgical Technology. Bouc took time out of her busy schedule to talk about graduation and her future job at the Nebraska Medical Center. 

Surgical Technology class at NMC

How does it feel to be graduated and have your degree?

It’s definitely a good feeling now having graduated, already having a job right out of school and becoming certified all right in a row. 

What are you planning to do with your degree?

I have a job lined up with the Nebraska Medical Center. I actually start really soon. At the Nebraska Medical Center, the orientation is about four months and you go through all of their different specialties. You see where you fit in best and where there are openings. I’m aiming to be part of the neuro team, but that will just depend on how things go with orientation.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in surgical technology?

I wanted to be a surgeon for a long time. I shadowed a surgeon and decided that wasn’t for me. So I looked for other outlets that were still involved in the operating room, and that’s how I found surgical technology

When I was younger, I had a surgical procedure and I remember looking over when I was laying on the operating room table and I was like, “What are all those instruments?” I asked the lady standing there if I could touch and see the instruments. She said, “No, they’re sterile, I can’t let you do that.” But it’s funny how things in my childhood have come back around. Now, here I am the one who is doing that job. Maybe someday another curious kid like myself will ask me the same question. 

Why is working in a career in healthcare important to you?

I’m very passionate about healthcare. I love helping people, seeing a better outcome and knowing that I made a difference. I have a bone tumor in my arm, and so when I was younger, I was exposed to all these different medical areas. I just really wanted to become involved and reach out to other people who have maybe gone through the same thing I did. 

What will you remember most about Nebraska Methodist College?

I will remember my instructors most — Jamie Walker and Christy Grant. They became more than just instructors. They became family. Those are things I will always remember — having the opportunity to just go knock on their door and talk to them about my day or things that were going on. They were always there. I first met Christy when I first visited Nebraska Methodist College, and I knew it’d be a good fit for me. Christy reminded me of myself and was someone I wanted to be like. 

Now having graduated, what advice would you have for new students?

My advice to new students is to never give up, and if they even have a slight interest, they should definitely explore those interests further. You never know where it might take you. Also, know that what we do is not easy. There are going to be days where it’s hard and you just have to keep pushing through. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. 

 

 

 

 

Tags: student achievements, student spotlight, surgical technology, health professions

CDC Raising Funds for New Mobile Diabetes Unit through Omaha Gives!

Posted on Tue, May 20, 2014

Through the Mobile Diabetes Center, Nebraska Methodist College students provide crucial diabetes screenings and education in a wide variety of community settings while gaining valuable experience. Through Omaha Gives!, the community will have an opportunity to support the next generation of the Mobile Diabetes Center.

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The Cornbelt Diabetes Connection (CDC), a chapter of Cosmopolitan International, will participate in Omaha Gives! on Wednesday, May 21, as part of its effort to raise funds for a new Mobile Diabetes Center. The Mobile Diabetes Center is a partnership between CDC and Nebraska Methodist College’s Center for Health Partnerships.

Omaha Gives! is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in the metro area. During the event, supporters can give donations of $10 or more to their favorite nonprofit organizations. Those donations will then be amplified by matching funds and prize money awarded to organizations at the top of the Omaha Gives! leaderboard.

A new Mobile Diabetes Center is expected to cost approximately $350,000. So far, CDC and Nebraska Methodist College have raised $200,000 for the new center from grants and individual donations, leaving about $150,000 left to go.

For more information about Omaha Gives!, visit omahagives24.org.

Tags: patient care, community outreach, college, service learning

Five Things Nebraska Methodist College Students Should Do Before They Graduate

Posted on Wed, May 07, 2014

With graduation just days away, we want to say congratulations to the Nebraska Methodist College Class of 2014. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors as you search for your first jobs, begin new careers or perhaps prepare for graduate study.

If you aren’t graduating this year, now is a great time to take a good look at your friends who are and start taking notes. Take the opportunity to ask them questions and learn from their successes as well as challenges in pursuing their chosen careers.

Learning

Before you graduate, here are five things you should do: 

  • Study. This probably seems obvious, but don’t take this advice for granted. For many Nebraska Methodist College students, your finals won’t be the last tests you have to take. Licensing exams, such as the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) for nurses, will follow soon after graduation. 
  • Job shadow. If you really want to find out what a job is like, shadowing someone for a day is a great way to find out. While job shadowing, you will quickly find out if a job really is or isn’t for you. It’s also a great way to meet people in your future career field, which brings us to our next point… 
  • Network. Join and participate in the student association or society for your respective career field. Through these organizations you will meet others in your field while gaining great insight into your future career. Also, go to career fairs and recruitment events (even if you have already found a job) to learn about all the opportunities that exist in your career field. Dress nice and bring plenty of résumés. Speaking of résumés… 
  • Build or update your résumé.  Once it’s time to apply for a job, having a current résumé will save you some time because you won’t have to start from scratch. Include all work experience you’ve ever had — not just healthcare-related experience — and clearly list any clinicals or internships you’ve done. Also, update your references. Make sure to personally ask each person you plan to list if they will give you a positive reference. Ask your advisor or a professor to give you feedback on your résumé. 
  • Have some fun. Yes, classwork comes first, but don’t forget to enjoy the ride. Once you graduate, you may not see many of your college friends again as your lives and careers take you in different directions. After graduations, things may get a little hectic, so make time to hang out with your friends now. 

Tags: nurse education, student life, college, campus life

Student Spotlight: Kelli Hansen, Healthcare Operations Management

Posted on Thu, May 01, 2014

Kelli HansenKelli Hansen is the chief nursing officer and founder of Advocate Nurses, LLC and the business development coordinator for A Voice 4 U, LLC. She is also a student in Nebraska Methodist College’s Healthcare Operations Management master’s program. Kelli took time out of her busy schedule this week to discuss her career and her passion for patient advocacy.

How long have you worked in healthcare?

I have been involved in the healthcare industry since age 14. I started out as a candy striper volunteer at my local hospital, progressing to becoming a CNA during my undergraduate study and eventually becoming a registered nurse in 1997.

Why are you pursuing a master’s in Healthcare Operations Management?

I am a person who likes to challenge myself to become more educated to continue in my career. I feel that the more educated I can be, the more people I can help and the greater the difference I can make in people’s lives. 

Tell us about your positions at Advocate Nurses and A Voice 4 U. 

I started Advocate Nurses, LLC in August 2012 after seeing a need for patients and their families to have assistance. They need someone guiding them through the coordination of care and as a voice representing them. As an RN with various experiences, I feel that I have the knowledge and resources to help ease the burdens and stress that families feel when going through healthcare issues. I am the chief nursing officer with Advocate Nurses, LLC. We focus on general nurse consulting services, from medical review to general nursing assessments, and provide advocacy services to clients in need.  

Since October 2012, I’ve also worked as a business development coordinator for A Voice 4 U, LLC.  We are a new company focusing on healthcare concierge/patient advocacy services. We are hoping to launch this business to the public in 2014. We will provide assistance, referrals and advocate assistance to clients in a number of areas. In addition, we are launching a medical emergency ID card called “ICE” (in case of emergency), a cloud-based medical database and a children’s educational medical game. I focus on bringing in new business, investors and opportunities with other partnerships, in addition to being very involved with the clinical side and other important aspects of company development working closely with the president of the company. Once the company launches, my role within the company will likely expand to include advocacy and potentially as a franchise owner. 

What makes you so passionate about patient advocacy? 

I have experienced the personal loss of family members and have seen medical errors being made with family and friends. I have a passion for helping people in general. I have seen many families struggle with nowhere to turn for help and no one advocating for the patient’s or the family’s needs. Oftentimes, patients don’t have family or they are far away, and this leaves the patient to struggle on their own or the families burdened to try and help from many miles away with no one to assist. I want to ease that burden and make a difference in people’s lives. 

What do you enjoy most about working in healthcare? 

I always knew that I wanted to be a part of healthcare. My grandmother was a nurse in the days of white caps and dresses. I grew up seeing what an impact one person can make on someone’s life. It’s not an easy career sometimes, and at times, it can be thankless. But when I go to bed at night knowing that I enriched one person’s life that day, it’s a great feeling. I love health and medicine in general and solving issues to improve someone’s life. I can’t explain it exactly, it’s just part of who I am; I think it’s been in my blood since the day I was born.

What do you do like to do with your free time? 

I love to spend time with my husband and my five-year-old adopted daughter. We enjoy going to the zoo, going to Kansas City on trips, flower gardening, going on hikes and picnics, and exploring new places. Of course, that sometimes includes shopping. 

Read Kelli Hansen’s article “Examining the History of Medicare and Long-Term Care Planning,” which was recently published in Inner Circle Executive Magazine. 

      

Tags: student achievements, alumni spotlight, student spotlight

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