Our goal is to initially build a strong foundation of highly energetic and engaged nurses who we can help empower through our chapter membership to improve the lives of our patients and each other. Once we establish this and hear from all of you, we will set routine meetings as a chapter to make our vision a reality in this community.
If you are interested in playing a more active role in the design and roll-out of the River City chapter, please email Audria Denker (ADenker@gallencollege.edu) and Christy Ralston (Christian.Ralston@nortonhealthcare.org) for more information.
Audria Denker DNP, MSN, RN:
Dr. Audria Denker joined Galen College of Nursing in 2005, and she currently serves as Executive Vice President of Prelicensure Nursing (EVP). Prior to being named EVP, Dr. Denker served as VP and Chief People Officer. Dr. Denker also served as Vice President of Academic Operations for two years and as Vice President of Student Affairs and Human Resources for two years. In her current position, she is responsible for academic records, day-to-day program operations, staffing and workload, clinical operations, simulation, and student support. Dr. Denker also held the position of Vice President of Development, in which she was responsible for special projects related to growing new programs and building relationships between Galen and the healthcare community. Dr. Denker gained extensive clinical-practice knowledge and healthcare-management experience during 14 years as a pediatric-oncology nurse at Kosair Children’s Hospital, a part of Norton Healthcare, in Louisville, Kentucky, including five years as the clinic manager of the Cancer Care and Renal Center.
Dr. Denker is an active leader in numerous civic and charitable organizations. In 2000, she was appointed by Governor Paul Patton to the Hemophilia Advisory Committee for Kentucky’s Commission for Children with Special Healthcare Needs. In 2009, she was named chair of the committee, a position she still holds. Dr. Denker received the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from Pikeville (Kentucky) College, and the Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Bellarmine University in Louisville.
Christy Ralston BSN, RN, CCMC:
As the Director of Workforce Development for Norton Healthcare, I find joy assisting students find their passion and career path. I am very involved in workforce analytics, career progression, and curriculum development to assist nurses and other healthcare professionals elevate their practice to support our patients and the community. Nurses are the core of our community, together we have an opportunity to change outcomes, improve health and happiness, and leverage our collective resources for the good of all. Megan and I look forward to serving you, the nurses of the River City Chapter, helping you take your priorities to the next level, providing a voice and creating meaningful and sustainable change for nursing practice. Come join us!! It will be a wonderful journey together!