Nurse-Family Partnership

Parental Programs

Nursing care for first-time moms.

Becoming a mother for the first time is an exciting experience, and also a challenging one. Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a free, voluntary program that partners first-time moms with registered nurses in Kootenai, Bonner, Boundary, Benewah and Shoshone counties. Through regular visits, nurses provide support, education, guidance and encouragement to first-time moms during pregnancy and until the child turns 2 years of age.

Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based program with more than three decades of research demonstrating an improvement in pregnancy outcomes for women as well as an improvement in the health and development of their babies. It also works to improve economic independence for the family. First-time moms are encouraged to enroll as early as possible. Nurse-Family Partnership also encourages fathers, family members and even friends to get involved in the visits in order to learn how they can best support mom and her baby.

Who Can Enroll?

Any woman who:

What NFP Offers

Client Stories

Meet Our Nurse-Family Partnership Team

Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams

RN/BSN, Nurse Home Visitor

Laska Rush

Laska Rush

RN/BSN, Nurse Home Visitor

Kris Kono

Kris Kono

RN/BSN, Nurse Home Visitor Manager

Kimberly Averett

Kimberly Averett

RN/BSN, Nurse Home Visitor

Kelsey Chrisman

Kelsey Chrisman

RN/BSN, Nurse Home Visitor

Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams

RN/BSN, Nurse Home Visitor

Wendy attended Lewis Clark State College where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She has worked in several nursing settings including the hospital, public health and mental health. Her passion is helping clients initiate positive change in their lives to improve physical and mental health. She is married with one beautiful daughter whom she loves spending time with in the outdoors.

Laska Rush

Laska Rush

RN/BSN, Nurse Home Visitor

Laska Rush graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation from Brigham Young University. Soon after graduating, she realized she wanted to go to nursing school, and enrolled at Washington State University. In 2009 Laska received her BSN and took a job working in labor and delivery in central Washington. She moved to North Idaho with her husband and three dogs and is grateful to be off night shift and working for Nurse-Family Partnership!

Kris Kono

Kris Kono

RN/BSN, Nurse Home Visitor Manager

Kris pursued nursing as a second career at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science with the intent to obtain her Masters Degree in Public Health. Kris pulls her knowledge from her education and experience working in the hospital, as well as parenting two boys. Two of Kris’ favorite things are spending time with family and anticipating the arrival of her first grandbaby.

Kimberly Averett

Kimberly Averett

RN/BSN, Nurse Home Visitor

Kimberly is excited to be joining PHD working as a Nurse for NFP. She graduated with her BSN from Brigham Young University and has worked in several areas of nursing. She most recently came from working in the mother/baby and NICU units. She loves working with pregnant mom’s and babies. She is married with four children. In her spare time, she loves to read, travel, and play pickleball.

Kelsey Chrisman

Kelsey Chrisman

RN/BSN, Nurse Home Visitor

Kelsey attended Marian University of Wisconsin where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Prior to graduation, she gained experience as a nurse extern on a Medical-Surgical unit and continued in Med/Surg after becoming a Registered Nurse. She moved to North Idaho and enjoys baking and playing with her dog.