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Outstanding Achievements

2019 Awards & Congratulations

  • Air St. Luke’s Maternal Child Transport Team was recognized with a Neonatal/Pediatric Award of Excellence by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS).
  • Jody Acheson, BSN, MPH, RN, Nursing Manager, Mountain States Tumor Institute Hematologic Malignancies; Joyce Alexander, BSN, RN, Patient Educator, Nampa; Cheryl L. Gardner, ADN, RN, Surgical Services, Jerome; Marisa Lunghofer, BSN, RN, CPEN, Program Manager, Pediatric Trauma; and Patty O’Neill, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, NPD-BC, SANE-A, Clinical Educator, Boise Emergency Department, were recipients of the 2019 President’s Awards from St. Luke’s Health System.
  • Joan Agee, DNP, RN, CNOR, FACHE, Nampa COO/CNO, served as President-elect of Nurse Leaders of Idaho and was the recipient of the Professional Achievement Award for the College of Nursing at Idaho State University.
  • Julya Miner, DNP, RN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CPHQ, NEABC, was recognized as a 2019 AWHONN Emerging Leader by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN); selected as a 2019 Worldwide Leader in Healthcare by the International Nurses Association; and received the 2019 Sigma Theta Tau Doctorate of Nursing Practice Award from the Delta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.
  • Brittany McFarland, BSN, RN, CEN, Wood River Emergency Department, and Donna Wright, RN, Wood River Mother/Baby Unit, were recipients of the 2019 Carl A. Gray Memorial Award for Nursing Excellence from St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation.
  • Angela Brady, BSN, RN, CEN, NE-BC, was selected as a 2019 Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Honoree by the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA).

2019 Nursing Excellence Award Winners

Celebrating nurses is an integral part of nursing culture at St. Luke’s. Nursing Excellence Awards are open to all nurses throughout St. Luke’s Health System. Nominees are recognized and celebrated for the extraordinary care and service they provide their patients, community and others, as well as the contributions they make to the nursing profession.

Transformational Leadership

  • Allison Burns, BSN, RN, Clinical Educator, Clinical Learning and Student Services - Wood River - New Leader
  • Emily Smith, BSN, RN, CPEN, Emergency Department Nurse - Boise - New Leader
  • Thea Campbell, BSN, MBA, HA, RN, PCCN, NEA-BC, Manager of Nursing/Patient Care - McCall - Experienced Leader
  • Julie Swanson, MN, RN, NEA-BC, PATHS Program Manager - System - Experienced Leader

Structural Empowerment

  • Alaina Gardner, BSN, RN-BC, Med/Surg 2E, 5E & 6E, Assistant Nurse Manger - Boise
  • Robin Schmidt, MSN, RN-IP, Surgical & General Medical, Manager of Nursing/Patient Care - Magic Valley

Exemplary Professional Practice

  • Lori A. Buttars, ADN, RN, Jerome Family Medicine Nurse - Jerome - Community
  • Jenny Carr, BSN, RN, Orthopedic Surgery Nurse - Boise - Community
  • Lauren Boyd, BSN, RN, CMSRN, RN-BC, Med/Surg & Telemetry Clinical Educator - Nampa - Hospital
  • Brittany McFarland, BSN, RN, CEN, Emergency Department Nurse - Wood River - Hospital
  • Patricia A. Burley, LPN, MSTI Center for Pancreatic and Liver Disease LPN - Boise - Licensed Practical Nurse

New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements

  • Jerri Woodworth, BSN, RNC-OB, Maternal Fetal Medicine Nurse - Boise
  • Ruth Tretter, BSN, RN-BC, Connect Nurse - St. Luke’s Connect

Dana Gulbranson Distinguished Nurse 

  • Nancy L. Bloom, BSN, RN, PCCN, 3 Telemetry Assistant Nurse Manager - Boise

RN Group Recognition

  • High Acuity Team (HAT), Treasure Valley Home Care
    • William S. Schappert, BSN, RN, CHPN, Case Manager Nurse
    • Laura Zane, BSN, RN, Case Manager Nurse
    • Pamela S. Garner, MSN, RN, Case Manager Nurse

2019 DAISY Award Recipients

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day.

  • Jessica Aguirre - Magic Valley Cardiopulmonary Unit
  • Joyce Alexander - Nampa Patient Educator
  • Taylor Baird - Nampa Medical/Surgical
  • Amie Clark - Boise Medical/Surgical 6E
  • Lindsay Cronister - Nampa Medical/Surgical
  • John Davlin - Nampa Medical/Surgical
  • Alex Friedman - Meridian Emergency Department
  • Tenisha Gallegos - Boise Pediatrics
  • Carly Lange - Boise MICU
  • Nancy Crothers - Magic Valley Cardiopulmonary Unit
  • Kayla Mescher - Boise Pediatrics
  • Rachel C. Olson - Meridian Telemetry
  • Tommy Rushton - Boise Hospice
  • Kim Pou - Nampa Telemetry

2019 Sunshine Award Recipient

The Sunshine Award was created by St. Luke’s to recognize clinical excellence by a non-nursing colleague and is a companion program to the DAISY Awards.

  • Julie Reed, CNA, Nampa Medical/Surgical

Recognized by Nurse Leaders of Idaho at 2019 Idaho Nurses Recognition Dinner

  • Alyssa Abel
  • Troy Albright
  • Melissa Berry
  • Jason Blomquist
  • Lauren Boyd
  • Allison Burns
  • Lori A. Buttars
  • Thea Campbell
  • Meghan Cardoza
  • Nancy Crothers
  • Laura Franz
  • Rina Giudicelli
  • Teresa Hall
  • Claire Hanson
  • Madison Helfrich
  • Teresa Holbrook
  • Jenny Hopkins
  • Carmen Leahu
  • Marci Mattoon
  • Faith May
  • Brittany McFarland
  • Patty O’Neill
  • Megan Painter
  • Lynda Peel
  • Robin Schmidt
  • Jamey Slayden
  • Teresa Stanfi ll
  • Alayna Swafford
  • Carrie Sue Sweet
  • Jake Taylor
  • Ashley Wadsworth

2019 Registered Nurse Scholarship and Conference Funds Recipients

Bledsoe Scholarship

  • Conra Hunter

ER Nursing Endowment Scholarship

  • Brandi Burgoyne

Gilbertson Scholarship

  • Loey Berg

Magic Valley & Jerome Nursing Scholarship

  • Michelle Daniel

Nursing Scholarship

  • Millie Askew
  • Nadine Eaton
  • Amarissa Gilbert

Return to Learn Scholarship

  • Taylor Baird
  • Ryleigh Glascock
  • Jessica Shitara

Rural Connections Scholarship

  • Wendy Vanderburgh
  • Lynn Wade

Leadership Scholarship

  • Jody Acheson
  • Kristen Anderson
  • Claire Beck
  • Julie Swanson

Wright Scholarship

  • Katie Ferguson

St. Luke's Foundation Nursing Funds (Brown Funds, Nursing Education, Sharon Lee)

In 2019, a total of $48,665 was awarded through the Funds for Nurses Program

  • Rosemarie Baxter
  • Claire Beck*
  • Brenda Berger
  • Carrie Bohanan
  • Shelley Bonnes
  • Kari Braun
  • Manda Clark
  • Bethany Coleman
  • Shelby Darland
  • Jeremy Delmore
  • Kimberly Dillon
  • Kate Drake
  • Rachel Elledge
  • Amanda Erickson*
  • Luann Fife
  • Jessica Garner
  • Kelsey Givens
  • Kelly Graff
  • Jennifer Graham*
  • Brett Gustafson
  • Angela Harris
  • Jennifer Hippe
  • Luna Hodges
  • Teresa Holbrook
  • Carly Jivelekas
  • Brandi Johnson
  • Tarrill Jones
  • Jill Keely
  • Kristen Koprowski
  • Holly Lammer
  • Kayli Lewis*
  • Nicholas Mesa
  • Whitney Mills
  • Jessica Moore
  • Jennifer O’Hara
  • Michele Oldenburg
  • Lacey O’Toole
  • Kimberly Pou
  • Jennifer Riha
  • Stephanie Sanders
  • Jen Sullivan*
  • Julie Swanson*
  • Carrie Sweet
  • Jeanna Verdini
  • Amber Weber*
  • Kaylynn Winwood*
  • Jerri Woodworth

*Presenter at conference attended with funds.

Nursing Research and EBP Fellowship Projects, Publications, and Presentations

2019-2020 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Fellows

  • Luann Fife, BSN, RN-BC and Sherri Carlson, BSN, RN-BC, mentored by Marty Downey, PhD, RN, AHNBC, CHTP/I
    • Sepsis: Identify the most effective staff education strategies to improve sepsis mortality rates in hospitalized adult patients
  • Kayla Luke, BSN, RN and Kim Popa, BSN, RN, mentored by Cara Gallegos, PhD, RN
    • Stress, Experiences, and Unmet Needs of Parent(s) Whose Child Has Attempted Suicide
  • Julie Olson, BSN, RN, CWOCN, mentored by Anna Rostock, BSN, MBA, RN, CPN, NE-BC
    • Identifying the Best Practice for Structuring a Medical Support Group for Ostomy Patients
  • Amy Stukenholtz, BSN, RN and Michelle Hancock, BSN, RN, mentored by Susan Tavernier, PhD, APRNCNS, AOCN® 
    • Caregiver Perceived Barriers to Notifying Oncologist at Onset of Fever Greater Than 101º F Among On-Treatment Pediatric Oncology Patients
Senior Fellows
  • Blair Eby, BSN, RN, mentored by Kim Martz, PhD, RN
    • Delirium: Identifying the Most Effective Way to Improve Nurses’ Assessment and Management

2019 Publications

  • Jenny Alderden, PhD, APRN, CCRN, CCNS
    • Alderden, J., Zhao, Y., Thomas, D., Butcher, R., Gulliver, B., & Cummins, M. (2019). Outcomes associated with stage 2 pressure injuries: A retrospective cohort study. Critical Care Nurse, 39(4), 13-19. doi: 10.4037/ccn2019598.
  • Rick Bassett, MSN, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN
    • Lovadini, G.B., Fukushima, F.B., Schoueri, JFL, dos Reis, R., Fonseca, C.G.F., Rodriguez, J.J.C., Coelho, C.S., Neves, A.F., Rodrigues, A.M., Marques, M.A., Jacinto, A.F., Harrison Dening, K., Bassett R., Moss, A.H., Steinberg, K.E. & Vidal, E.I.O. (2019). Evaluation of the interrater reliability of end-of-life medical orders in the physician orders for life-sustaining treatment form. JAMA Network Open, 2(4):e192036. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.2036
  • Kofi Bonnie, DNP, MSc, RPN, RN
    • McWilliams, C., Bonnie, K., Robinson, S., Johnson, C., Puyat, J., & Klimas, J. (2019). Preliminary results of psychiatric inpatients referred to an addiction medicine consult service. Journal of Addiction Medicine doi:10.1097/ADM0000000000000580 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Julya Miner, DNP, RN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CPHQ, NEA-BC
    • Miner, J. (2019). Implementation of a comprehensive safety bundle to support newborn fall/drop event prevention and response. Nursing for Women’s Health, 23(4), 327-339. doi: 10.1016/j. nwh.2019.06.002

2019 Presentations

  • Joan Agee, DNP, RN, CNOR, FACHE
    • Closing salutation. Presentation at the ANA Idaho LEAP Conference, November 2019, Boise, ID.
  • Rick Bassett, MSN, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN
    • The CNS role in systemizing and standardizing timely and effective ICU rehabilitation efforts. Podium presentation at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual Conference, March 2019, Orlando, FL.
    • Early career challenge: How to care for your dying patient, the patient’s family – and yourself. Presentation for American Nurses’ Association National Webinar, December 2019.
    • National technology consensus project. Podium presentation at National POLST Paradigm Plenary Assembly Meeting, May 2019, Austin, TX.
    • Systemization of a sepsis program – it’s about the journey, not the destination! Pacific Northwest Sepsis Conference, June 2019, Seattle, WA.
  • Claire Beck, MN, RN, RNC-OB, NPD-BC
    • Perinatal nursing course. Poster presented at AWHONN Conference, June 2019, Atlanta, GA.
  • Dia Byrne, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, OCN
    • Care coordination in outpatient oncology primary nursing. Podium presentation at National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), March 2019, Orlando, FL.
  • Denise Camacho, MSN, MAOL, RN and Christiana Sipe, MSN, RN
    • Flipped classroom transforms nurse residency program. Poster presentation at ANCC Magnet Conference, October 2019, Orlando, FL.
  • Amanda Erickson, BSN, RNC-MNN
    • Surviving or thriving? How to create a joyful workplace and flourish. Poster presentation at NANN Conference, October 2019, Savannah, GA.
  • Amanda Erickson, BSN, RNC-MNN and Amber Weber, MSN-Ed, RNC-NIC, RN-BC
    • Better together in Nampa, Idaho: A family-care suite model. Poster presented at AWHONN Conference, June 2019, Atlanta, GA.
  • Tricia Funkhouser, BSN, RN
    • Enhancing motivational interviewing techniques to increase exercise engagement in the prediabetic population. Poster presented at the Nurse Practitioners of Idaho annual fall conference, October 2019, Boise, ID.
  • Jennifer Graham, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC
    • Sepsis in oncology: BMT vs. Med/Onc, is there a difference? Pacific Northwest Sepsis Conference, June 2019, Seattle, WA.
  • Dori A. Healey, MSN, RN, MBA-HA, CPPS
    • Creating a just culture in the workplace. Podium presentation at the ANA Idaho LEAP Conference, November 2019, Boise, ID.
    • Healthy nation starts with healthy nurses – My journey to a healthier me. Presentation at the ANA Idaho LEAP Conference, November 2019, Boise, ID.
  • Debbie K. Ketchum, BSN, MAOM, RNC-MNN, C-EFM and Carrie Anstrand, BSN, MA, RN, LCCE, IBCLC
    • Birthing an app: Breaking educational boundaries. Poster presentation at AWHONN National Convention, June 2019, Atlanta, GA.
  • Debbie K. Ketchum, BSN, MAOM, RNC-MNN, C-EFM and Katherine Kerner, BSN, RNC-OB
    • Building a system wide collaborative policy process: Turning the “they!” into “we!”. Poster presentation at AWHONN National Convention, June 2019, Atlanta, GA.
  • Wallace “Max” Maxwell, MSN, RN, CPPS
    • Education of contaminated sharps injuries through implementation of a structured investigative process. Poster presented at the ANA Idaho LEAP Conference, November 2019, Boise, ID.
  • Julya Miner, DNP, RN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CPHQ, NEA-BC
    • Perinatal safety innovation: E-learning links to outcomes. Poster presentation at AWHONN National Convention, June 2019, Atlanta, GA.
  • Julya Miner, DNP, RN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CPHQ, NEABC and Shelly Jensen, MHA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
    • Rock a bye baby: Newborn fall/drop prevention. Presentation at AWHONN National Convention, June 2019, Atlanta, GA.
  • Diana Meyer, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAEN and Laura Tivis, PhD, CCRP
    • A center for nursing excellence: Innovation for exemplary tomorrows. Poster presentation at ANCC Magnet Conference, October 2019, Orlando, FL.
  • Nichole Santarone, BSN, RNC-NIC
    • Developmental care: The tiny details. Poster presented at the ANA Idaho LEAP Conference, November 2019, Boise, ID.
  • Jessica Sloan, MSN, RN
    • Bone cement conversion – Creating a plan that sticks. Podium presentation at HealthTrust University Conference, August 2019, Nashville, TN.
  • Carrie Sue Sweet, DNP, APRN-CNS, RNC-OB, ACNS-BC
    • Three strategies to increase your influence as a nursing leader on LinkedIn. Presentation at the ANA Idaho LEAP Conference, November 2019, Boise, ID.
  • Ruth Tretter, BSN, RN-BC
    • Examining knowledge, confidence and stress in telephone triage nurses. Poster presented at the ANA Idaho LEAP Conference, November 2019, Boise, ID.
  • Kaylynn Winwood, DNP-FNP
    • Palliative care referrals in the oncology population. Poster presented at the Center to Advance Palliative Care Conference, November 2019, Atlanta, GA.

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2019 Nursing Annual Report

This year’s report reflects the outstanding accomplishments of our nurses over the past year.

2018 Nursing Annual Report

This report highlighted the accomplishments and exemplary outcomes of our talented nurses.

2017 Nursing Annual Report

This report covered nursing initiatives and excellence, including our celebration of our professional practice model: Relationship-Based Care.

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