Margaret Henbest, M.S., PNP

Margaret has been involved both professionally and as an elected official in advocating for the health care needs of Idahoans for almost two decades. A former professor of nursing at BSU, Margaret was first elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 1996, and for 12 years worked to address the needs of the uninsured and the underinsured as well as efforts to improve the safety, quality and affordability of the health care citizens receives. In 2009, Margaret became the Executive Director of the Idaho Alliance of Leaders in Nursing (IALN) and the Nurse Leaders of Idaho, a professional nursing leadership membership organization. Margaret retired as a pediatric nurse practitioner at St Lukes Regional Health System CARES unit, after 22 years of service. Under her leadership in 2011, IALN and the Idaho Hospital Association became co-leads of the Idaho Nursing Action Coalition which joins 25 other states in the Future of Nursing, Campaign for Action an initiative of the RWJF and AARP. The goal of the Campaign is to improve nursing’s ability to respond to the challenges of a transformed health care delivery system.