Amanda Simpson Clouser, FNP, DNP

2021 Young Alumna

Amanda Simpson Clouser graduated from St. John’s College of Nursing in 2015. She attained her family nurse practitioner and doctor of nursing practice degrees from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in 2019.

She has published projects and manuscripts. Amanda, along with two other colleagues, developed and implemented a doctor of nursing program project titled “Utilizing Team-Based Care to Improve Rural Cardiovascular Care." She is a certified a chemotherapy nurse and practices at the Simmons Cancer Institute with Dr. Aziz Khan in Springfield, Ill.

Amanda is married to Dominic and they have a one-year-old son Renzo. In their free time she enjoys spending time with family/friends, going to the dirt bike track or going on family walks with our dog Hunter. She is very honored to have been nominated for Young Alumni award.

David Johnson, BSN, RN

2021 Young Alumna

David joined Memorial Medical Center in Jacksonville, Ill., in 2021 and was the January 2019 employee of the month. Those who nominated him said: "David is described by his colleagues as 'the nurse everyone aspires to be.'" "He is ALWAYS caring and kind, going the extra mile for his patients and families." "Our unit is a better place for having him on our team."

Since March 2020, David has worked throughout the pandemic on the primary COVID ICU. He serves as charge nurse and educator for new nurses and travelers. He is alwys kind and has abundant patience. He is involved and engaged with committees and projects, such as being a ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) champion, a UBC member, and he serves on a greenbelt project to reduce VAPs - all of which contribute to improved nursing practive and patient outcomes.

Nicole Henderson

Nicole Henderson, class of 2015, what St. John's College's first Young Alumni Award recipient in 2017. During her time at St. John's College, Nicole served as student government president and was a very inspiring leader and advocate for helping others. She assisted with a cold-winter wear drive to help the less fortunate in the Springfield community, and also organized an all-school potluck to bring new and continuing students and staff together. Nicole spent hours helping her classmates make baby blankets for St. John's Children's Hospital.

Since graduating, Nicole received the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award from the Central Illinois Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  She currently serves as co-chair of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  Her dedication to support other women who are or who have been affected by breast cancer is one of her greatest advocacies.  

She is currently an ICU nurse in Colorado Springs, CO. 


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