Tara exceeded the standards requiring nomination and a weighted selection process, and was honored Thursday, September 13 at an Awards Reception at Bryan Health in Lincoln, Neb. Winifred Quinn, PhD Director at the Center to Champion Nursing in America, Washington D.C., was the featured speaker. Attendees included honorees, state senators, hospital and professional nursing organization leadership, deans and directors of nursing schools from across the state, and healthcare consumers.
The Nebraska Action Coalition was formed in 2011 to address the future of healthcare in Nebraska through nurse-led collaborative partnerships. Tara is the Public Relations Chair for the Nebraska Nurse Practitioners (NNP). NNP's mission is to promote high standards for nurse practitioner practice, influence legislation affecting health care, promote and nurture the role of the nurse practitioner. Tara is employed by Alegent Creighton Clinic Heart & Vascular Specialists as a nurse practitioner and serves on several committees within the organization.
Tara is the daughter of Don & Kathy Joy, Kirk & Tamie Gaes and the granddaughter of Don & Mamie Joy, the late Larry Johnson and Shirlene Johnson and Lea Gaes. She is a 1997 graduate of Storm Lake Senior High.