Marisa Schultz, The University of Tennessee Medical Center
Mary Leigh Joiner, Regional One Health
Rachael Wyatt Hodges, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Nursing
Rebecca R. Kojak, Cookeville Regional Medical Center
Richelle Graham, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Shelley Lawson, West Tennessee Healthcare – Pathways
Whitney Owen, The University of Tennessee Medical Center
Zacnite Vargas, Metro Public Health Department
These individuals are part of an elite group of young Tennessee nurse leaders representing the Three Grand Regions of Tennessee, a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, frontline clinicians, academicians, and managers.
Selection was based on criteria determined by leaders from the Tennessee Action Coalition, Tennessee Nurses Association, and Tennessee Hospital Association; and includes leadership among peers and others, professional growth and development, contribution to building a culture of health in the community, and commitment as a role model for health.
The aim of the Tennessee Rising Star Nurse Leader program is to engage and empower young nurses to lead the nursing profession in improving the health of Tennesseans.