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In July 2015, the Nebraska Nurses Foundation (NNF) became a recognized public benefit corporation, organized exclusively for charitable purposes within section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The purpose of the organization is to serve nurses and the public by providing information and resources to improve health care.  




Practice/Clinical Grant Program for NNA


The Nebraska Nurses Foundation is excited to launch a practice/clinical grant program for NNA members, designed to provide funding for evidence-based practice, quality improvement or innovation projects conducted within clinical nursing settings.


Find more information on the grant program by accessing the Project Proposal HERE.




Celebrate Nursing – Praise A Nurse Today!


Professional nurses touch the lives of millions every day.  By combining compassionate care with clinical reasoning and scientific expertise, nurses make a difference every day – at home and at work. Nurses coordinate the complex business of healthcare in a variety of settings and specialties. Join us to Celebrate Nursing by Praising a Nurse (or nurses)! Make a donation to the NNF to celebrate a nurse and we will send a personal message to them sharing your pride in them. 

CLICK HERE - Donate to the Nebraska Nurses Foundation




 Meet the Nebraska Nurses Foundation Board and Staff


Sara Seamann – President

NNA Member - Lincoln


“It is a privilege to serve as President of the Nebraska Nurses Foundation (NNF) for the next two years.” She expressed excitement about the opportunity to participate in the on-going development of the Foundation and the services it will provide. “NNF will serve as a valuable entity in the overall mission of benefiting and supporting the nursing profession throughout the state. We have a great group of individuals serving on the NNF Board of Directors whose primary responsibilities include establishing the fund management structure for assets archived by Districts of the Nebraska Nurses Association. Another Board responsibility will be investigating and establishing the processes for funding nursing scholarships in collaboration with the Nebraska Nurses Association. I’m an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – Clinical Nurse Specialist serving the Emergency Department(s) at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, NE. One of best parts about being an APRN-CNS is the opportunity to provide leadership in the development of comprehensive clinical practice standards, programs and services benefiting the patients, their families and the clinicians. I have been active in the Nebraska Nurses Association since moving to Nebraska in 1996.”


Catherine Parker – Vice President

NNA Member – Lincoln


Catherine is currently the Nurse Manager for Employee Health Services at Bryan Health in Lincoln NE, where she has been employed for over 30 years. As a member of NNA for about 30 years, Catherine has served in various leadership positions and on several committees at the state and district levels. She chose to serve on the Foundation Board “to help establish a solid and sustaining financial resource to support nursing students and nurses to further their education.”



Lynneé Pattrin – Secretary

NNA Member– Omaha  


Lynneé recently retired from Nebraska Medicine after 40 years. She has been a member of ANA/NNA since graduation serving in various roles over the years. “I am excited about the work that has been done to further develop and grow the Nursing Foundation. I see this as a great opportunity for me to continue to contribute to my profession and will be serving on the Board as your secretary. We have a great group of people on the Board and I look forward to our work ahead.”



Joshua Hanshaw – Treasurer

Community Member – Lincoln


Josh Hanshaw serves as executive director of Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity. With a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management, Josh has served in a variety of management roles with nonprofit organizations, including Kearney Area Children’s Museum and Good Samaritan Hospital, Child Advocacy Center in Lincoln, and American Cancer Society in Topeka, Kan. Josh has served on numerous nonprofit and community boards including Kearney Family YMCA, Residential Assistance to Families in Transition, Kearney Young Professionals Network, and Nebraska Healthcare Marketers. Josh is married to Alisha and has 3 children. 

Dan Rock

Community Member – Omaha

Dan Rock loves nurses and knows how important they are. His wife is a Certified Diabetes Educator nurse at Nebraska Medicine. His aunt, an emergency department nurse, died in an ambulance-truck collision; two other aunts, his mother-in-law, and sister-in-law are also nurses. Last, but certainly not least, his mom was an extraordinary OB nurse at Bergan Mercy. Dan is a lawyer in Omaha helping families with wills and personal injury matters, and represents health care facilities in employment matters including immigration. Dan is serving on the Foundation Board to help the nurses of Nebraska any way he can.  


Joanie Nelson

NNA Member – Lincoln


Joanie is an RN with over 30 years’ experience in acute care and a recent graduate from UNMC’s Master of Science in Emergency Preparedness program. Joanie is a member of ANA/NNA, the Disaster Medical Assistance Team for Nebraska (NE-1 DMAT as an intermittent Federal employee), the Association of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals (AHEPP), and the Medical Reserve Corp.   (MRC) for the Omaha/Council Bluffs region. Joanie now finds there is more time to be involved with professional organizations and volunteer work within the community. She was recently elected to Legislative Advocacy and Representation Committee (LARC) for the NNA, is interested in the legislative process, and how bills affect the Nursing profession. Joanie joined the Foundation Board to become more knowledgeable about the NNA organization and its leadership strategies. “The opportunity to network and learn from those already involved will greatly enhance my own satisfaction as a nurse, in one of the most respected professions.” 


Alice Kindschuh

NNA Member - Omaha

“I am honored to serve as a board member of the Nebraska Nurses Foundation. Nursing is an integral part of my life, as is promoting the profession of nursing and the work of nurses. I am currently the Director of Doctoral Studies at Nebraska Methodist College. In addition to my role as an educator, I am a Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist in practice at Nebraska Methodist Health System.” Alice has served on a number of community and professional boards throughout her career, most recent service includes NNA’s Board of Director, Nebraska Center for Nursing, Nebraska Center for Nursing Foundation, and Nebraska Credentialing Review Board.  


Douglass Haas

NNA President- Elect


Douglass lives in Kearney where he practices as a cardiology Nurse Practitioner at the Nebraska Heart Institute. “I have been a member of the Nebraska Nurses Association since the attainment of my RN licensure in January of 2010 and have loved every minute with this organization. As the Chair of the NNA NPDC, I oversee scholarship applications, reference proposals, event proposals, and member credentialing for the Annual Membership Meeting.  I am proud of the creation of the NNF and I am excited to see the work this group creates.” 


Jill Kliethermes – Foundation Manager (Contracted)


Jill serves as the Executive Director of the ANA Midwest Multistate Division and CEO of the Missouri Nurses Association (MONA). Jill also supports the Kansas State Nurses Association and the Missouri Nurses Association Foundations as manager of their programs and brings tremendous experience to her position as manager of the NNF.    


Karen Harris – Accountant/Financials (Contracted)


Karen is a 30-year accounting professional who has worked with non-profit programs on a city, state, and federal level. 



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