JoAnn Puls



JoAnn Puls was raised in a small farming community near Odin, Kansas. She graduated from high school with seven others in her class. Receiving an Associate Degree in Nursing fulfilled her goal of becoming a nurse which was sparked when her sister contracted polio six months before the release of the polio vaccine.

As a Registered Nurse for over 45 years; she has been involved in many areas of nursing i.e.: Critical Care, PACU, Pulmonology Primary Care and Charge Nurse at an Outpatient VA Clinic. JoAnn has firsthand knowledge in providing care of families/patients during their stressful times. She has been a mentor to staff in the education of various medical devices/equipment i.e.: tele-med, lab tests etc. as well as triage protocols for ER patients. 

JoAnn has an enormous desire to empower people through knowledge. She was a founding member and treasurer of the Smoky Hill Critical Care Nurses Association. While working with this organization she emphasized education by organizing lectures and working with the Kansas State Board of Nurses to provide nursing CEU’s.

Consistent with her focus on how knowledge empowers, JoAnn wrote a children’s book for her grandsons — Change is Important. It talks about the importance in working together and uses money as a metaphor in educating her grandkids on the history of money and the importance in embracing change. She is a strong supporter of the organization CAPS (Child Abuse Prevention Services) and while volunteering as a school liaison, she assisted in implementing cool food storage for students who brought their lunches to school i.e.: diabetics, food allergies, special diets.

While working at a VA Outpatient Clinic, JoAnn started a thriving Free Yoga Program for Veterans. Within six months the Veterans reported that this program helped decrease their pain, increase their mobility and decrease their PTSD symptoms.

JoAnn experienced her own crisis when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2014 shortly after moving to Colorado. After her treatment, she was introduced to Domus Pacis. She attended a respite retreat and found it both joyful and relaxing; more importantly what the doctor needed to order. Today, JoAnn is known as the “Cookie Lady” as she makes over 200 dozen cookie logs for other Domus Pacis Respite recipients. The respite families bake the cookies during their stay. When not helping Domus Pacis, she is an avid award-winning quilter.

JoAnn has learned humor, faith, hope and taking one day at a time are important in dealing with any issue. Dealing with cancer requires emotional, financial and physical support for not only the patient but the entire family. With JoAnn’s nursing background and emphasis on knowledge she is a natural fit for the PAI Board.