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Published on November 27, 2018

Bryan Health Nurses Recognized as 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader Honorees 

The Nebraska Action Coalition (NAC) awarded five Bryan Health nurses with

nurses given 40 under 40 honors

L-R: Janice Ayres, Jessica Hanes,
Rachel Pejsar-Snelling,
Kimberly Anderson, Sara Hennessy

the organization’s 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader Award. They are: 

  • Janice Ayres, nurse, specialty clinic
  • Kimberly Anderson, nurse manager, geriatrics
  • Jessica Hanes, clinical educator, continuing education
  • Sara Hennessy, nurse manager, medical-surgical oncology
  • Rachel Pejsar-Snelling, clinical educator, continuing education

“Nurses are the heartbeat of health care. Their knowledge, input and compassion is vital as we implement best practice to give our patients the very best care possible,” said Lisa Vail, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Bryan Health. “It is very gratifying to have these five outstanding nurses recognized for their hard work and dedication to our patients.”

Every other year, the NAC honors 40 nurses under the age of 40 from across the state of Nebraska. They are recognized for their unique contributions to leadership within the nursing profession through clinical practice, education and teaching, administrative leadership, research, writing/publishing, policy involvement/self-governance, mentoring and innovation. 

This leadership award aligns with the nationwide Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action initiative to transform health care and build a healthier America. Health care organizations, communities, businesses, schools and political organizations achieve more when nurses have a voice in the decision-making process.  

An awards celebration to recognize the 40 nurse leaders took place on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Graduate Hotel in Lincoln. As part of the program, honorees also attended a NAC-sponsored leadership conference the same day, Trending Topics for Healthcare Leaders: Collaborating to Shape a Culture of Health.






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