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Two nurses honored with state award

Two nurse leaders at Mary Lanning Healthcare recently received state recognition for expertise in their field, adherence to high ethical standards and leadership within their profession, organization and community.

Josh Van Boening, RN BSN, and Heidi Bergen, APRN NP-C, received the Honoring Nurse Leadership: 40 Under 40 Award from the Nebraska Action Coalition in September. Both were nominated for the honor.

Bergen is a native of Lincoln, Iowa, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Allen College in Waterloo, Iowa in 1998.  Upon graduation, she worked as an RN in the vascular/medical-surgical unit at BryanLGH Medical Center in Lincoln before becoming a home health nurse for BryanLGH.  

In 2001, Heidi began working for Mary Lanning Home Care Services as a home care nurse.  Heidi  advanced her education through Creighton University and received her Master of Science in 

Degree Nursing in May 2011. She also received certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  In July 2011, Heidi began practicing as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Community Health Center in Hastings.  Additionally, Heidi sees patients at the Edgar Medical Clinic on Fridays. 

In addition to her work as a nurse practitioner, Heidi has served on the Sutton Preschool Board, 

Sutton Education Foundation, and Sutton Federated Church Outreach Board.  She currently is a volunteer Sutton Youth Soccer coach, Sunday School teacher and recently joined the board of Hastings Family Planning.

Heidi and her husband, Jed, live in Sutton, Nebraska with their two sons, Wyatt and Jesse. 

Josh VanBoening is a native of Blue Hill. VanBoening received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences and Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2001. He then completed the Accelerated Nursing Program, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Creighton University in 2004.

He began working at Mary Lanning in 2004 as a staff nurse in Intensive Care. He began his role as Nursing Education Instructor and Stroke Coordinator at Mary Lanning Healthcare in 2011. As the Stroke Coordinator, VanBoening participates in community stroke education activities. VanBoening also serves as the Training Center coordinator for the American Heart Association courses and Human Patient Simulation Coordinator.

VanBoening is active on many hospital committees including Stroke Committee, Clinical Nurse Practice Team, Healthcare-Associated Infection Committee, and the Council of Patient- and Family- Centered Care. He was instrumental in the development of the areas on Nurse Residency Progam for new graduate nurses. 

Josh and his wife, Stacey, live in Hastings with their three sons, Brady, Ben and Landon. He currently serves as a Den Leader for Cub Scouts. 

The Nebraska Action Coalition was formed in 2011 to address the future of healthcare in Nebraska through nurse-led collaborative partnerships.