25 Nursing Professionals Making a Difference in Healthcare

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6th through May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. With the conclusion of 2012’s National Nurses week, Becoming a CNA.com has created a list, recognizing 25 nurses who are making a difference in healthcare. We arrived at this list through our own research, with the goal of providing our readers with a list of top nursing professionals to emulate in their own careers. Becoming a CNA.com’s visitors are interested in taking the first step in their nursing career, by finding out more information about a career as a nursing assistant. There are many directions a nursing career can take, emphasized by the diverse list below.

1. Kimberly Scott

Kimberly Scott

Kimberly Scott is a licensed Registered Nurse (RN) in Arizona caring for patients with chest pain and arrhythmias, CABG patients, and patients with a variety of other health concerns. Besides her extensive nursing resume, she also manages a blog.

  • Job Title: Registered Nurse at Progressive Healthcare
  • Education: University of Texas at Arlington – BSN, Yavapai College – AAS, Nursing
  • Web: FacebookLinkedIn, Blog
  • Groups/Associations: American Nurses Association

2. Michael Parrish

Michael Parrish

Michael Parrish is one of the few Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) included on this list. He is in the trenches, working directly with patients under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), or other healthcare professional.

  • Job Title: Registered Nurse at Progressive Healthcare
  • Education: Hope College – BS
  • Specialties: Patient care, research
  • Web: LinkedIn

3. Kelly Frantz

Kelly Frantz

As a Registered Nurse (RN), Kelly works in oncology and hematology at NC Cancer hospital. Her roots stem from being a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Genesis HealthCare, one of the nation’s largest long-term care and rehabilitation therapy providers.

  • Job Title: Registered Nurse at UNC Health Care
  • Education: Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing – BSN, Nursing
  • Web: LinkedIn
  • Groups/Associations: Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Alumni Network

4. Lori Porter

Lori Porter

As the co-founder and CEO of The National Association of Health Care Assistants, an organization that aims to recognize the contributions nursing assistants make to long-term care, Lori works to ensure high quality healthcare is provided to the nation’s elders living in nursing homes. She was a CNA for seven years and is passionate about developing and honoring frontline excellence.

  • Job Title: Co-Founder & CEO at National Association of Health Care Assistants
  • Education: University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Specialties: Speaking, training, consulting
  • Web: Company, Facebook
  • Groups/Associations: American HealthCare Leadership Institute, NAHCA CareForce

5. Denise DeForest Pastoor

Denise DeForest Pastoor

Denise is a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist with expertise in behavioral and mental health, stress management, and integrative therapies. As a frequent presenter at conferences, businesses, and community groups, Denise emphasizes a holistic approach to health through mind-body-spirit connection.

  • Job Title: Owner Holistic Consulting Business at SunStone Wellness
  • Education: University of Virginia– BSN, Georgia State University– MEd, Community Counseling
  • Specialties: Holistic Health, Wellness, Integrative Therapies, Healing Touch, Energy Medicine
  • Web: LinkedIn, Blog, Company
  • Groups/Associations: Integrative Health Network, Healing Touch International

6. Cathy Wishba

Cathy Wishba

With more than 20 years practical experience in a neonatal intensive care unit, Cathy Wishba is an expert in coordinating the care of critically ill newborns, including surgical patients and premature babies.

  • Job Title: NICU Regional Resource RN at Adventist Midwest Health
  • Education: Bryant and Stratton College – Associate of Science (A.S.), Medical/Clinical Assistant, University of Illinois at Chicago – Bachelor of Science (BS), Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse, University of Illinois at Chicago – Master’s, Perinatal-Neonatal Nursing
  • Specialties: Quality improvement, case management, data management
  • Web: LinkedIn, Portfolio
  • Groups/Associations: National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC)

7. Patricia Ryndak Krys

Patricia Ryndak Krys

Patricia Ryndak Krys aspires to lead clinical education resolutions that bring benefits through professional development to transform the clinical performance of unit nurses. She is a Registered Nurse (RN) with clinical education and nursing leadership experience. Currently, she spends her time volunteering for Woman’s Fellowship SEAS.

  • Job Title: Volunteer at Woman’s Fellowship SEAS
  • Education: Saint Joseph Hospital School of Nursing– Diploma in Registered Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago – Master of Science Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Specialties: Orthopaedic/Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist, Transformational Clinical Education, Curriculum Design
  • Web: LinkedIn
  • Groups/Associations: American Nurses Association, ExecuCare Professional Nurse Organization, National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses

8. Brittney Wilson

Brittney Wilson

Brittney Wilson is a respected writer and thought leader with a strong reputation in the technology and healthcare sectors. As a Registered Nurse (RN), she is motivated to promote the innovation of healthcare through the use of new media. She is a leader in electronic medical records, bedside nursing care, and online community management. You can follow Brittney on her blog, The Nerdy Nurse, or on Twitter.

  • Job Title: Clinical Informatics Specialist at Not-For-Profit Hospital
  • Education: Georgia Highlands College – Associate of Science, Nursing, University of West Georgia – BSN, Nursing
  • Specialties: Nursing informatics, information technology, electronic medical records, blogging, social media
  • Web: Twitter, LinkedIn, Blog, Facebook
  • Groups/Associations: American Nurses Association, AMIA Nursing Informatics Working Group

9. DonAnn Osborne

DonAnn Osborne

DonAnn Osborne is a Registered Nurse (RN) and Legal Nurse Consultant in the Lexington, Kentucky area. Her experience with both hospitals and LTC/Nursing Home settings enable her to provide objective evaluations of the care provided.

  • Job Title: Certified Legal Nurse Consultant at Sturgill, Turner, Barker, & Moloney
  • Education: Western Kentucky University– BSN, Vickie Milazzo Institute– Certification, Legal Nurse Consulting
  • Specialties: MDS reporting process for Medicare/Medicaid compliance, education of documentation principles to certified nursing assistants
  • Web: LinkedIn
  • Groups/Associations: Legal Nurse Consultant and Attorney Network

10. Lorie Smith Goshin

Lorie Smith Goshin

Lorie Smith Goshin has an impressive resume as an Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University School of Nursing. She has been published numerous times and has dedicated her career to health equity in populations involved in the criminal justice system.

  • Job Title: Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University School of Nursing
  • Education: University of Texas at Austin– BS, University of Texas at Austin – MSN, Columbia University – PhD
  • Specialties: MDS reporting process for Medicare/Medicaid compliance, education of documentation principles to certified nursing assistants
  • Web: LinkedIn, Professional Profile
  • Honors/Awards: Rising Nurse Researcher Award, Foundation of New York State Nurses, Staff Member of Distinction Award, Barnard College Student Government Association
  • Groups/Associations: American Public Health Association (APHA)

11. Kathleen Sullivan

Kathleen Sullivan

Kathleen Sullivan is a critical care nurse with substantial intensive care experience. She dedicates her spare time to writing professional journal articles as well as poetry and fiction based on true stories about the enduring human spirit. Before she was an intensive care Registered Nurse (RN), she was an RN at Suncoast Hospice and a charge nurse at St. Petersburg General Hospital.

  • Job Title: Intensive Care RN at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute
  • Education: St. Petersburg College– BSN
  • Specialties: Writing, critical care
  • Web: LinkedIn, Blog, Twitter
  • Groups/Associations: RN (Registered Nurse) Network, Fiction Writers Guild

12. Andrea Crossman

Andrea Crossman

Practicing in the Greater New York City area, Andrea Crossman is an Ob/Gyn, Women’s Health Registered Nurse (RN). She is also a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student in the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner specialty at Vanderbilt University. As a staff nurse in the labor and delivery unit at Manhattan’s busiest maternity service (over 6000 births per year), she has experience with both midwife- and physician-directed care.

  • Job Title: Staff RN, Labor and Delivery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital
  • Education: Antioch University Seattle– BA, Columbia University School of Nursing – BSN, Vanderbilt University – MSN (expected 2012)
  • Specialties: Women’s health, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, holistic primary care
  • Web: LinkedIn, Blog, Twitter, Company
  • Groups/Associations: American Nurses Association

13. Rose Raintree

Rose Raintree

Rose Raintree has over 32 years of experience working in the healthcare industry. Her resume includes work as a patient care coordinator, case manager, health and wellness director, along with numerous other healthcare related positions. Rose is now working as a local school district Registered Nurse (RN).

  • Job Title: District Registered Nurse at Lakewod School Disctrict, Marysville and Arlington Washington
  • Education: University of Phoenix – MSN and BSN, Nursing, University of Phoenix – MHA, Health Administration, Jefferson State Jr. College – AA, Nursing
  • Specialties: Management/Leadership, organizational/clinical/assessment with focus on geriatrics
  • Web: LinkedIn
  • Honors/Awards: The National Deans List 2004/2005 & 2005/2006
  • Groups/Associations: Home Care and Healthcare Advocacy, Nursing Network, Working Nurse

14. Rick Kaiser

Rick Kaiser

Rick Kaiser started his career as an EMT and since then has held numerous positions in the healthcare field, most currently working as a Registered Nurse (RN). With over 20 years of experience, Rick has developed skills in leadership, information technology, and business management.

  • Job Title: Registered Nurse at Skilled Nursing, Inc. Staffing and Search
  • Education: Drexel University – MBA, Health Systems, Drexel University – BSN, Nursing, Bryn Mawr Hospital School of Nursing – Diploma, Nursing
  • Specialties: Critical Care, Health System Management, Informational Technology
  • Web: LinkedIn
  • Groups/Associations: American Hospital Services Group LLC, Emergency Nurse Network, American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)

15. Andrew Lopez

Andrew Lopez

Andrew Lopez has over 10 years of experience working as a Registered Nurse (RN), and being the owner and author of his Web site, Nursefriendly.com. Andrew’s entrepreneurial experience has led him to develop a Web site geared towards providing healthcare information and reliable resources for individuals working in the healthcare field.

  • Job Title: President & CEO at Nursefriendly, Inc., Registered Nurse at Nursestaffers, Inc.
  • Education: Kean University – BS, Clinical Laboratory Services, Union County College – AAS, RN, Nursing
  • Specialties: Nurse Entrepreneurs, Public Speaking, Patient Education, Webmaster Tools, Toastmasters
  • Web: Twitter, LinkedIn, Blog
  • Honors/Awards: 2007 Toastmaster of the Year, Moorestown Area Toastmasters
  • Groups/Associations: ANIA -American Nursing Informatics Professionals in Healthcare IT World, Nurseup.com For Nursing & Healthcare Advocacy, The R.N. Network

16. Lisa Hughes

Lisa Hughes

Since graduating as a Registered Nurse (RN), Lisa Hughes has worked in the healthcare field requiring her to utilize her skills in risk management, medical recording, and legal nurse consulting. Lisa now works as a certified legal nurse consultant (CLNC), where she assists attorneys, insurance companies, and hospitals.

  • Job Title: Registered Nurse and Certified Legal Nurse Consultant at Hughes and Associates Legal Nurse Consultants
  • Education: Louisiana Tech University – RN, Registered Nurse
  • Specialties: Long Term Care/Skilled Nursing Facilities, Medical Surgical Nursing and Home Health.
  • Web: LinkedIn, Company
  • Groups/Associations: National Legal Nurse Consultant Strategic Alliance Group, Legal and Medical Networking, American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC)

17. Michael Hanlon

Michael Hanlon

Michael Hanlon has been an EMT for over 8 years. Michael has experience as a Registered Nurse (RN) working in various healthcare settings, but also working as a RN and EMT for special events. Michael has numerous certifications that enhance his resume such as: Critical Care Nurse, (CCRN), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC).

  • Job Title: Registered Nurse Supervisor at Sharp HealthCare
  • Education: California State University-Fullerton – BSN, Nursing, Kaplan College – AS, Nursing
  • Specialties: Intensive Care Unit, Emergency, Urgent Care, Nursing Administration
  • Web: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
  • Honors/Awards: Author of 2010 Team CORE Award in Service; Team Recipient of 2010 Team CORE Award in Service; Cum Laude Honors Graduate from CSU Fullerton Class of 2011.
  • Groups/Associations: American Nurses Association, American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN), ENA (Emergency Nurses Association)

18. Amy Stacy

Amy Stacy

Amy Stacy has been working in the healthcare field for over 26 years. Her experience includes working as a Registered Nurse (RN), certified hospice palliative nurse (CHPN), and being the founder of Flu Shots To Go, LLC. Along with her company, she also works as a nurse educator writing programs and teaching healthcare staff throughout the state of Virginia.

  • Job Title: Registered Nurse and Certified Hospice Palliative Nurse at Molecular Wellness Associates and Hospice
  • Education: Radford University – BSN, Nursing
  • Specialties: Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN), Currently serving on the PVCC WFS Health Care Advisory Board, Member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)
  • Web: Twitter, LinkedIn, Company
  • Groups/Associations: American Holistic Nurses Association, Cancer Targets & Therapeutics Society, Professional Nurse Educators Group (PNEG)

19. Davina De La Ossa

Davina De La Ossa

Davina De La Ossa has been working as a Registered Nurse (RN) in an intensive care setting for most of her career. She is also a certified Interfaith Minister and has a background in theology and divinity. With all of Davina’s experience, she works closely with doctors and patients as a team to optimize care and create personalized wellness plans.

  • Job Title: Registered Nurse Outpatient Care Manager, Multicare Medical Group Administration at MultiCare Health System; Registered Nurse at Wellness Advisor / Patient Advocate: Owner at Ressurection, Inc.
  • Education: Arizona State University College of Nursing – BSN, Nursing
  • Specialties: Registered Nurse – Wellness Advisor, Interfaith Minister – Spiritual Advisor/Director
  • Web: Twitter, LinkedIn, Blog
  • Groups/Associations: Nurse Case Managers US, Sigma Theta Tau International, innovateHealth

20. Jerry M. Lewter

Jerry Lewter

Jerry Lewter has worked in numerous healthcare settings and has a background as an emergency controller in the Air Force. Most recently, Jerry has worked as a traveling nurse while also assisting as a contract Registered Nurse (RN). Jerry has certification in Advanced Cardiopulmonary Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS).

  • Job Title: Critical Care Registered Nurse/Traveling Nurse
  • Education: Louisiana Tech University – BSN, Nursing, Nursing Knowledge Inc. – Certificate, Critical Care/Critical Thinking Emphasis
  • Specialties: Critical Care, Acute Dialysis, Pediatrics, Homecare
  • Web: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
  • Honors/Awards: Employee of the Month – Newnan Hospital, Achievement Medal – USAF, Air Force Base, USAF Inspector General
  • Groups/Associations: Medical Professionals, Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

21. Lizzie Rosenberg

Lizzie Rosenberg

Lizzie Rosenberg is an independent Registered Nurse (RN) consultant. Lizzie teaches, motivates, and supports patients to reach their full potential. With her experience as an RN and her multiple certifications, Lizzie owns her own business while still contributing her skills and expertise to the healthcare industry.

  • Job Title: Clinical Specialist Advanced Development at Mindray Medical, Director at the Mid Atlantic Fund, Director/Independent Business Owner at Shaklee Corporation
  • Education: Excelsior College – Nursing Informatics, Pace University-Pleasantville/Briarcliff Campus – BSN, Nursing,
  • Specialties: Certified Laser Specialist, CPR Instructor, ACLS, PALS, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
  • Web: Twitter, LinkedIn, Blog, Facebook
  • Groups/Associations: American Association for Respiratory Care, Clinical Nurse Educators, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society

22. Lisa Mancuso

Lisa Mancuso

Lisa Mancuso is a Registered Nurse (RN) who also owns her own medical legal consulting firm. Lisa has a background in medical/surgical nursing with a focus in cardiology, nephrology, and nursing informatics.

  • Job Title: Progressive Care Certified Nurse (PCCN)/Critical Care Register Nurse (CCRN)/Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) at Mancuso Medical Legal Consulting, Registered Nurse/ACIS Core Team at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Staff Nurse at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
  • Education: Regis College – BSN, Nursing, Lasell Jr. College – ADN, Nursing
  • Specialties: Advanced Certifications in Progressive Care Nursing and Critical Care Nursing
  • Web: LinkedIn, Company
  • Groups/Associations: American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC), Legal Nurse Consultant Group, Medical-Legal Professionals

23. Meta Gatschenberger

Meta Gatschenberger is an experienced Registered Nurse (RN) and legal nurse consultant (LNC). Not only does Meta work as an RN full-time, she also owns her own legal nurse consulting firm where she assists attorneys with the medical aspects of their legal/medical related cases.

  • Job Title: Registered Nurse at Watauga Medical Center, Legal Nurse Consultant/Registered Nurse/CEO at Meta Data
  • Education: Lincoln Land Community College – AAS/RN, Nursing
  • Web: LinkedIn, Company
  • Groups/Associations: Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA), Legal Nurse Consultant Group, Legal Nurse Consulting Network (LNCN)

24. Dawn Trudeau

Dawn Trudeau

Dawn Trudeau is a Registered Nurse (RN) with over 13 years of experience. Dawn’s expertise is within medical-surgical, corrections, psychiatric, adolescent and adult nursing, research, and infection control settings. Not only is Dawn an RN, but she is the owner of a medical spa.

  • Job Title: Owner at Ageless Beauty Medical Spa, LLC
  • Education: University of Phoenix – BSN, Nursing, Community College of Rhode Island – ADN, Nursing, Southeastern Vocational Technical – LPN, Nursing, National Laser Institute – Certification, Esthetics
  • Specialties: Esthetics, Infection Control Coordinator/Manager, Correctional/ forensic, Psychiatric, Adolescent acute care, Ambulatory care
  • Web: Facebook, LinkedIn, Company
  • Groups/Associations: American Nurses Association, Infection Control Practitioner (ICP), American Academy of Medical Esthetic Professionals

25. Dyan Banta

Dyan Banta

Dyan is an experienced Registered Nurse (RN) with a background in life coaching. Dyan provides holistic help for mothers with dependent adult children. Dyan also has an interest and experience with holistic health and wellness.

  • Job Title: Registered Nurse/Holistic Wellness Coach at Flying Heart Global
  • Education: Oregon Health and Science University – BSN, Nursing
  • Specialties: Nursing, Herbology, Organic Nutrition, Mental-Physical-Spiritual Holistic Balance Model
  • Web: Twitter, LinkedIn, Company
  • Honors/Awards: Graduated Oregon Health Sciences University with High Honors
  • Groups/Associations: American Holistic Nurses Association, Holistic Practitioners Resource Group, Powerful Women International