PK Scheerle, RN, CEO Emeritus of Gifted Healthcare, epitomizes leadership in both business and healthcare.

Her entrepreneurial journey began with the founding of American Nursing Services, Inc. in 1982, a supplemental staffing agency that under her stewardship, expanded to 28 locations before its sale in 2002. PK’s academic background, highlighted by her graduation from the Owner President Management at Harvard Business School, underscores her commitment to learning and professional growth.

PK’s dedication to nursing and ethical business practices is widely acknowledged. She founded the Great 100 Nurses Celebration to honor the contributions of nurses, showcasing her respect for the profession. Her accolades include the Humanitarian of the Year from the Southeast Chapter of the American Red Cross and the American Business Ethics Award from the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Her influence extends beyond healthcare, as seen in her induction into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame and her role as Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization for Louisiana.

Her ambition extends to transforming healthcare. PK is committed to unlocking the potential of the nurse, which she regards as the most trusted profession. Her aim is to rebuild trust in healthcare by elevating nurses into leadership roles. Believing that nurses should be central to healthcare decision-making, PK is dedicated to bringing together nursing leaders globally to reform healthcare. She envisions reshaping healthcare into a trusted business sector, utilizing the strength and trust of the nursing profession. For PK, combining purpose and knowledge (PK) is key to her approach – leading with heart and excelling with intellect. Her vision is to restore trust in healthcare through the pivotal role of nurses.


CEO Emeritus and Board Member, Gifted Healthcare
June 2021 – Present
CEO and Executive Chairman, Gifted Healthcare
June 2009 – June 2021
Gifted Healthcare empowers clinicians to provide compassionate, exceptional care to the clients and patients they serve.
Gifted Healthcare specializes in supplying highly skilled, experienced, and compassionate care through regional offices in LA, TX, OK, AR and nationally through its travel nurse division. Their caregivers are carefully chosen and trained to provide the highest quality of care to their clients based on their needs and preferences. They are uniquely positioned to provide an array of services to their clients, from assistance with daily activities and companionship, to caring for those with complex medical needs. Gift Healthcare considers it a privilege to care for their patients and take comfort in the fact that they provide them, their families, and their facilities with worry-free care.
They have strategic partnerships with facilities to provide staffing solutions for per diem, direct hire, travel and private duty clinicians and offer permanent placement, transitional care and infusion opportunities.
Gifted Healthcare has provided the highest quality private, in-home care and staff relief services since 2006, and are recognized as a leader in both industries. They’re owned and operated by nurses with over 100 years of combined clinical experience, and understand that their clients need a reliable partner they can trust to help care for their patients and loved ones.
CEO, NursesEverywhere
April 2020 – Present
Founder, American Nursing Services, Inc.
American Nursing Services (ANS), a privately held, highly successful nurse staffing company founded in 1982. Under my direction, the company grew from five employees to over 2,500 employees with locations in 9 states providing local nurse staffing, travel nurses, therapists and private duty nurses. During my tenure, ANS received numerous awards including the American Business Ethics Award from the Society of Financial Service Professionals, a Top 100 Business by New Orleans CityBusiness for eleven consecutive years, and America’s Top 500 Women Owned Business by Working Women’s Magazine.
Founder, Great 100 Nurses Celebration
1989 – Current
Founded 38 years ago, The Great 100 has honored thousands of nurses across several states through a consistent nomination process where each candidate is endorsed by friends, patients, colleagues, and peers based on their humanity, significant contributions to nursing, and mentorship roles.


  • AONL (American Organization for Nursing Leadership) Member
  • YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) Member
  • CEO (Chief Executives Organization) Member
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Honorary Member
  • IWF (International Women’s Forum) Member
  • LWF (Louisiana Women’s Forum)
  • WBL (Women Business Leaders), Women Leading Healthcare, Member
  • WHEN (Women Healthcare Executive Network)


  • Harvard Business School
    Business Administration and Management, General
    1989 – 1991
  • Castleton University
    Associate Degree in Nursing, Registered Nursing
    1976 – 1980, Vermont
  • St Pius High School, Piscataway, New Jersey
    High School Diploma, College/University Preparatory and Advanced High School/Secondary Diploma Program
    1973 – 1977


  • ACG Lifetime Achievement Award 2023
  • Humanitarian of the Year Award
    Southeast Chapter of the American Red Cross
  • American Business Ethics Award
    Society of Financial Service Professionals
  • New Orleans City Business’ Women of the Year Award (three consecutive years)
  • Induction to the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame
  • Boggs-Bourque Woman of Distinction Award
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