About

The Nebraska Center for Nursing (CFN) was created by the Nebraska legislature in 2000 to address the nursing shortage in the state. Since 2000, the Nebraska Center for Nursing has been analyzing nursing workforce data collected from the renewal surveys completed by Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) when renewing their respective nursing licenses. These surveys are analyzed considering only those nurses who work in the State of Nebraska to provide clear demographic estimates of the nursing workforce providing health care to the citizens of the State.

 Statutes Relating to Nebraska Center for Nursing Act

Vision 

Nebraska Nurses: where and when need them

Mission 

The Nebraska Center for Nursing drives change in the nursing workforce through data, education, and policy development

Strategic Focus #1: Data

Provide essential, reliable forecasting and workforce information resulting in equitable access and distribution of nurses.

Strategic Focus #2: Collaboration

Collaborate with key stakeholders to address the nursing shortage in Nebraska

  • Collaborate to build and maintain the current workforce
  • Maintain competency/skill level of the current workforce

Strategic Focus #3: Promotion

  • Promote the value of the nursing profession
  • Develop the image and the voice of the CFN

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Nebraska Center for Nursing Staff

Name Contact

Program Manager
Ann Oertwich, PhD, RN

(402) 471-0317
ann.oertwich@nebraska.gov

Nursing Education Consultant
Jacci Reznicek, EdD, MSN, RN, ANP-BC

(402) 471-4917
jacci.reznicek@nebraska.gov

Nursing Practice Consultant
Kathy Hoebelheinrich, MSN, APRN-NP

(402) 471-6443
kathy.hoebelheinrich@nebraska.gov

Board Coordinator
Sherri Joyner

(402) 471-0469
sherri.joyner@nebraska.gov

Independent Consultant
Juan-Paulo Ramírez, PhD

(402) 217-3872
juan.ramirez@nebraska.gov

Mailing Address
Division of Public Health, Licensure Unit
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

 

About the Board

Nebraska Center for Nursing Board

The Nebraska Center for Nursing Board was created by the Nebraska Legislature in 2000 to implement the major functions of the Center for Nursing. The Board consists of sixteen members who are appointed to fill the following roles:

  • Ten members selected by the Governor, including
    • One licensed practical nurse
    • One representative of the hospital industry
    • One representative of the long-term care industry
  • One nurse educator recommended by the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
  • One nurse educator recommended by the Nebraska Community College Association
  • One nurse educator recommended by the State Board of Health
  • Three members recommended by the State Board of Health

If you are interested in serving as a Center for Nursing Board member, you can find information about applying for vacant positions on the DHHS website.

Current Board Member List as of 1/23/2020

Meeting Agendas & Minutes