The Executive Board and Governing Committee members represent a cross-section of the Nebraska NP community. Each member has a strong commitment and passion for our organization and those we serve. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the funds raised promote the mission and vision of the organization.
President, Tara Whitmire, DNP, APRN-NP, CHFN
Tara Whitmire was recently elected as President Elect and will take over as President in April 2018. She previously served on the Nominations Committee for Nebraska Nurse Practitioners and is a past Legislative Chair. She is the Vice President of the STTI Tau Tau Chapter at Nebraska Methodist College. She earned her Master’s from Creighton University and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Iowa. She is board certified by AANP as a family nurse practitioner. She is a certified heart failure nurse by the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. She is currently the Director of the BSN-DNP programs at Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha and works part-time as a cardiothoracic nurse practitioner at Methodist Hospital in Omaha.
You may contact Tara at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (402) 681-6187.
Secretary, Julie Brauer, APRN-NP
Julie Brauer is an advanced practice registered nurse at Platte Valley Medical Clinic in Kearney working with the Electrophysiology Specialist for the past 2 ½ years. Prior to moving to the Kearney area she worked 8 years as a family practice provider at a small rural health clinic. She graduated in 1980 from the Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing in Omaha and returned to her home town of Cozad and worked for 12 years as a registered nurse at the Cozad Community Hospital and 16 years in the ICU at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1992 at Clarkson Bishop College of Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing in 2007 at the University Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Community interests over the years include CPR instructor from 1987 – 2007 with Central Community College in Lexington, director for adult and children’s church choir and church organist. On March 20, 2018 she and husband Greg celebrated 31 years of marriage. Their family includes two girls, age 25 and age 21, a son-in-law, granddaughter and grandson. In her spare time she enjoys walks with the family dogs, Taffy and Buddy, reading, family oriented activities and crocheting.
Treasurer, Dr. Kate Fiandt, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Dr. Fiandt has been a family nurse practitioner since 1976. Since then she has maintained an active practice with clinical expertise is in the areas of chronic disease management and practice improvement. She has written extensively in the area of quality improvement in APRN practice. From 1993-2007 she directed the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the Univ of Nebraska Medical Center. From 2007-2014 she served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University Of Texas Medical Branch College Of Nursing. In 2014 she returned to the University of Nebraska Medical Center where she currently serves as the Associate Dean for Transformational Practice and Partnerships.
You may contact Kate at email@example.com.
Finance Chair, Kelli Lewandowski, APRN-BC
Bylaws Chair, Sharon Gossman, MSN, APRN-NP, FNP-C
Sharon Gossman is Nebraska Nurse Practitioners (NNP) past president and past Nominations Committee Chair and recently reelected as our Bylaw 's Chairperson. She served as president for two terms. Sharon serves on the Executive Board and is a member of the Legislative Committee as well as legislative subcommittee for Durable Medical Equipment (DME). She was also on the 407 Committee that introduced legislation to remove the Integrated Practice Agreement (IPA) requirement of nurse practitioners. Sharon has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and a nurse practitioner for fourteen years. She received her diploma in nursing at Mary Lanning School of Nursing, her BSN from Graceland College, and her MSN from Clarkson College, specializing in family practice. She is board certified by the ANCC. She is employed by Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh Nebraska serving in clinic in Neligh, Elgin, Clearwater, Tilden and Orchard. Sharon became a member of NNP and ran for office because she felt that the voice of the rural NP needed to be heard. She feels the contacts made on the various committees she has served on as invaluable to her role in NNP.
Nominations Committee Chair, Joel Ruiz, APRN-NP
Joel has been a Nurse Practitioner for 3 years. He works on the nocturnal team of Inpatient Physician Associates. It is my responsibility to ensure the health of patients throughout the night. He also maintains the social media accounts of Facebook and Twitter for the Nebraska Nurse Practitioners. He has been a volunteer nurse practitioner with Clinic With a Heart in Lincoln, NE. I enjoy this volunteer experience because I am able to put my education and skill set to use to help those without health insurance get a diagnosis and treatment.
You may contact Joel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nomination Committee Member, Kelley Hanau, APRN-NP
Kelly has been a Nurse Practitioner for almost 10 years. Primary practice has been focused on vulnerable and underserved populations, specifically the homeless, uninsured and underinsured. I have practiced in rural Nebraska for a short time as well but really love working with those challenged in obtaining health care. Currently, I am employed at People’s Health clinic in the Health 360 building with integrated mental health and medical care.
Nominations Committee Member, Brenda Haussermann, APRN-NP
Brenda Haussermann, APRN FNP-C has recently been elected to nominations committee. Brenda has practiced as a Family Nurse Practitioner for the past 5 years mostly in the family practice setting. The majority of her time has been spent in critical access hospitals providing emergency room coverage, nursing home coverage and in rural health clinics working with underserved populations. She is currently working in an Urgent Care setting which is a new emerging and challenging setting. She is excited to be serving in her new role for NNP in the Nominations Committee.