Meet Triage Nurse Kristine Kenaston, RN, BSN, CCM

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Kristine Kenaston knew she wanted to be a nurse early on in life. At the age of 19, she worked at a developmental assistance group home. She realized how challenging the healthcare system was for people and wanted to help others get the medical care they needed. 

Kristine received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from The Nebraska Medical Center in 2005. She joined Bluestem Health in 2017 as a certified case manager, working with patients that had chronic diseases. Then in January 2018, she took on a new role as a triage nurse there. "Now I see a variety of patients that come in with cough, colds and back pain," says Kristine. "They meet with me if they need to make an appointment for further care. I also help them with insurance issues, line up information about other resources, and answer the provider's phone."

When asked what makes Bluestem Health special she says, "It's that everyone respects the patients and treats them all with dignity and equality. The population we care for sometimes just needs someone to care about them. We always give them the time and quality care that they need. We also provide our patients with education about their health and disease."

In addition, she appreciates that Bluestem Health is involved in the community in many ways. "We do the Veggie Vans," she added. "People can qualify for vouchers to get free produce. If they are on food stamps and they buy fruits and vegetables with their vouchers, then they get additional dollars in vouchers to spend. This encourages a healthier diet choice by patients." Bluestem Health has also done drives for Cancer research and sponsored a Relay for Life team. 

During time away from work, Kristine's top priority is her three daughters. She especially enjoys their time together reading, going for walks, and doing movie nights. In the past she has been involved with Meals on Wheels and served on the Head Start Program board.

"I love having that face-to-face interaction with patients. And, I have a tremendous amount of respect for the people I work with as everyone here is very compassionate and kind."