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Outstanding Achievements

Nurse Scientist Apprenticeship

Elena Jacobs, BSN, RN, OCN, mentored by Lucy Zhao, PhD, MPAff, RN
Nursing Perceptions and Practices in Caring for Hospitalized Adult Patients with Delirium

Nursing Intervention Impact on Length of Stay in Patients With Postoperative Delirium

Pressure Injury Risk Factors in Surgical Hip Fracture Patients

Nursing Research Senior Fellows

Monica Bachman, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CPN, and Teresa Holbrook, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CHSE, mentored by Anna Rostock, RN, BSN, MBA, NE-BC, and Marty Downey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, CHTP/I
Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice Increases Skill Acquisition When Compared to Traditional Simulation

Kendra Bellomy, MSN, RN, C-EFM, RNC-OB, mentored by Hillary Swann-Thomsen, PhD, and Anna Quon, MBA HM, BSN, RN, AMB-BC, NEA-BC
Understanding Self-Reported Maternal Birth Trauma Prevalence

Liz Clabaugh MN, RN, NPD-BC, and Christiana Sipe-Pauley, MSN, RN, mentored by Julie Swanson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Reflective Practice for New Graduate Nurses: The Impact of Reflective Journaling and Discussion in the First Year

Jennifer Graham, MSN, APRN-CNS, AGCNS-BC, mentored by Kristen Tuttle, MSN, RN, OCN, NPD-BC
Safe Blood Pressure Practices for Thrombocytopenic Oncology Patients

Brittany Kelly, BSN, RN, mentored by Cara Gallegos, PhD, RN
Building Resilience in the Critical Care Nurse: The Influence of Self-Care and Resilient Coping on Moral Distress

Nursing Research Fellows 

Jessica Garner, MSN, APRN, RN-BC, ACNS-BC, and Hilda Keithley, BSN, RN, mentored by Kristen Tuttle, MSN, RN, OCN, NPD-BC
Preparticipation Screening Processes for Sudden Cardiac Death Risk in Adolescent Student Athletes

April LeBlanc, BSN, RN, NC-BC, and Sierra Contreras, BSN, RN, mentored by Julie Swanson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, LSSGB
Barriers and Challenges to Participating in Lifestyle Interventions for Pediatric Children Living With Obesity in Rural Communities: A Retrospective Chart Review

Rhe Perdue, MSN, RN, CV-BC, mentored by Anna Quon, MBA HM, BSN, RN, AMB-BC, NEA-BC
Correlation Between Required Charting and Patient Outcomes

Stacy Stephenson, MA, RN, and Courtney Sant, MSN, RN, mentored by Sarah Brauer, MS, RN-BC
Provider Perceptions of Brief Intervention Tools for Adolescents With Anxiety and/or Depression: A Primary Care Survey

Renee Vomicil, BSN, BA, RN, CPN, and Farrah Helmandollar-Siegeler, MSN, RN, LSSGB, CPHQ, mentored by Kim Martz, PhD, RN, and Margaret Downey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, CHTP/I
Theater Participation and Creative Self-Efficacy in Pediatric Oncology Patients 

2023 Publications 

Alicia Young, MSN, MBA, RN, and Anna Quon, MBA HM, BSN, RN, AMB-BC, NEA-BC
Young, A., Quon, A.C. (2023). Ambulatory care nurses leading innovative telehealth delivery models. RN Idaho, 45(4), 4-5.

Lucy Zhao, PhD, MSN, MPaff, RN; Anna Quon, MBA HM, BSN, RN, AMB-BC, NEA-BC; Kayla Luke, BSN, RN, PMGT-BC; and Laura Tivis, PhD, CCRP, LSSGB
Zhao, Y., Quon, A., Luke, K., & Tivis, L. J. (2023). Impact of nursing interventions on discharge disposition in patients with postoperative delirium. Nursing, 53(11), 51–57. doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000978892.66327.23

2023 Presentations 

Retrospective Chart Review Study of the Relationship Between Patient Falls and ECOG Performance Status in Outpatient Oncology. Poster presentation at Oncology Nursing Society 48th Annual Congress, April 27-30, 2023. San Antonio, Texas.

Bleeding Disorders: Perioperative Implications. Podium presentation at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Global Surgical Conference and Expo, April 1-5, 2023. San Antonio, Texas.

Transition to practice: Using Periop 101 To 
Create a Perioperative Fellowship Program. Podium presentation at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Global Surgical Conference and Expo, April 1-5, 2023. San Antonio, Texas.

Trends and Pathways for the Advanced 
Practice Nurse. Podium presentation at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Global Surgical Conference and Expo, April 1-5, 2023. San Antonio, Texas.

Rachel Elledge, MSN, CPNP-PC
Pediatric Functional Constipation. Podium presentation at NurseCon at Sea, Feb. 6-10, 2023. Dominican Republic. April 24-28, 2023. Nassau, Bahamas.

Blood Pressure Medications. Podiumpresentation at NurseCon at Sea, April 24-28, 2023. Nassau, Bahamas.

From Set-Back to Success: An AEN Fellowship Case Study. Podium presentation at the 2023 Emergency Nurses Conference, Sept. 21-23, 2023. San Diego, California.

Heart Failure Guidelines. Podium presentation at NurseCon at Sea, April 24-28, 2023. Nassau, Bahamas.

Ignite a Spirit of Inquiry and What To Do Next. Keynote speaker at the Spirit of Nursing Conference, May 9, 2023. Boise, Idaho.

Jessica Garner, MSN, RN-BC, ACNS-BC, APRN, and Andi Foley DNP, RN, ACCNS-AG, EMT, CEN, FAEN
CNS Visibility/Advocacy—Scrumming It. Podium presentation at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Conference, March 8-11, 2023. Portland, Oregon.

Experiences and Needs of Parents Whose Child has Attempted Suicide. Podium presentation at LEAP East, October 19, 2023. Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Implicit Bias and Healthcare Disparities. Presentation and workshop at NurseCon at Sea, April 24-28, 2023. Nassau, Bahamas.

Navigating Healthcare Hierarchy With Expert Panel Discussion. Presentation and panel discussion at NurseCon at Sea, Feb. 6-10, 2023. Dominican Republic.

Anna Quon, MBA HM, BSN, RN, AMB-BC, NEA-BC, and Kristy Schmidt, MN, RN, NEABC, CPXP, LSSGB
Exploring the Legal Aspects of Nursing With Expert Panel Discussion. Presentation and panel discussion at NurseCon at Sea, April 24-28,2023. Nassau, Bahamas.

Anna Quon, MBA HM, BSN, RN, AMB-BC, NEA-BC; Kristy Schmidt MN, RN, NEA-BC, CPXP, LSSGB; and Dori Healey, MSN, MBAHA, APRN-CNS, CPPS, LNC
Nursing Scope of Practice With Expert Panel Discussion. Presentation and panel discussion at NurseCon at Sea, Feb. 6-10, 2023. Dominican Republic.

Kristy Schmidt, MN, RN, NEA-BC, CPXP, LSSGB
Advocating for Patient Autonomy. Podium presentation at NurseCon at Sea, Feb. 6-10, 2023. Dominican Republic.

Care of the Pregnant Incarcerated Patient. Podium presentation at NurseCon at Sea, Feb. 6-10, 2023. Dominican Republic.

Nursing Practice in a Post-Pandemic World. Podium presentation at NurseCon at Sea, Feb. 6-10, 2023. Dominican Republic. April 24-28, 2023. Nassau, Bahamas.

Vibecke Thompson, DNP, RN
Implementing Trauma Informed Care. Podium presentation at LEAP West, Nov. 9, 2023. Boise, Idaho.

Lucy Zhao, PhD, MSN, MPaff, RN; Anna Quon, MBA HM, BSN, RN, AMB-BC, NEA-BC; Elena Jacobs, BSN, RN, OCN; and Laura Tivis, PhD, CCRP, LSSGB
Nursing Intervention Impact on Length of Stay in Patients With Postoperative Delirium. Poster presentation at the Western Institute of Nursing Conference, April 19-22, 2023. Tucson, Arizona.

Pressure Injury Risk Factors in Surgical Hip Fracture Patients. Poster presentation at the Western Institute of Nursing Conference, April 19-22, 2023. Tucson, Arizona.

2023 Awards and Congratulations 

Rick Bassett, MSN, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, FCNS, was announced as the 2025 president-elect for the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists board of directors.

Robyn Beall, MSN, RN, NE-BC:
Elected as director at large for the ANA-Idaho board of directors.

Selected by ANCC as a poster and podium abstract reviewer for the 2023 Magnet and Pathways conference.

Brenda Larkin, MS, APRN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CSSM, CNOR, FAORN, was accepted as a fellow of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses.

Edited “Sheehy’s Manual of Emergency Care,” and it was awarded best Critical Care-Emergency Nursing Book of 2023 by the American Journal of Nursing.

Elected as 2023 board chairperson for the Academy of Emergency Nursing.

Selected for the American Nurses Association Advocacy Institute fellowship.

Elected as secretary for the ANA-Idaho board of directors.

Brie Sandow, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, was selected to participate in the Coldiron Senior Nurse Executive Fellowship program at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

2023 Registered Nurse Scholarship and Conference Funds Recipients 

Nursing Scholarships: Advancing Education
Jordan Arbaugh
Megan Armstrong
Lauren Arnzen
Amy Bradley
Madison Campbell
Caroline Davis
Lucas Donaldson
Willie Etcheto
Sam Fife
Gina Fortugno
Amy Gschopf
Michelle Hancock
Julie Harbig
Sarah Hawkins
Chloe Heckel
Jody Hughes
Whitney Jones
Adriane Lash
Liliana Mathis
Ashley McCuistion
Rebecca Molina
Jessica Nyce
Reatta Omoth
Kim Perez
Dolly Power
Anna Quon
Leann Ramsey
Bianca Rodriguez
Amber Schwehr
Muriel Shannon
Patrick Wilcox
Karina Ysursa

Funds for Nurses: Supporting Professional Advancement Opportunities for Nurses
Suzanne Adams
Sarah Agenbroad
Shannon Ahlstrom
Alissa Allen
Eric Anderson
Jessica Anderson
Janet Andree
Molly Babendure
Heather Bennett
Shawna Birkeland
Nikki Bonito
Sarah Brauer
Ashley Brown
Anne Burkey
Dia Byrne
Karen Caywood
Sharon Chow
Jennifer Cluck
Stephanie Connelly
Jason Cotney
Julia Crist
Shelby Darland
Anne Dean
Ashlee Dean
Elizabeth De Kruyf
Madeline DeMers
Kristin Dewey
Rhonda Dixon
Lesley Durfee
Sydni Elliott
Andrea Esslinger
Tanya Fields
Kellie Foreman
Christina Frederick
Hannah Joy Tobias Garcia
Erika Groves
Rebecca Hall
Teresa Hall
Patrick Harrison
Alexandra Heath
Kendra Hibbard
Shannon Holland
Ashley Hollister
Jody Hughes
Elena Jacobs
Julia Koch
Shawna LaFollette
Brenda Larkin
Debbie Larson
Lynn Latimer
April LeBlanc
Shannon Lewis
Barbara Long
Teri Mandrak
Kristin Marsh
Khristy McBride
Breanne McDermott
Traci McGregor
Kyan McKeever
Jane McLean
Traci Murphy
Danielle Nicholas
April Noller
Sara Palma
Rhe Perdue
Megan Planck
Brooke Prescott
Edy Price
Anna Rostock
Stephanie Sanders
Brie Sandow
Elizabeth Sater
Hannah Shainholtz
Emily Smith
Tracy Stark
Kaley Turpin
Courtney Warner
Kelli Winward
Jerri Woodworth

2023 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. 

Christina Bates, BSN, RN – Magic Valley Clinical Support Unit
Carly Bowen, RN – Nampa Telemetry
Aaron Burton, LPN – Magic Valley Urology Clinic
Adriana Castillo, BSN, RN – Nampa Women’s Services
Julie Croft, BSN, RN – Nampa Crisis Nurse
Kaylee Guevara, BSN, RN – Meridian Pediatric Clinic
Sarah Gulotta, RN – Nampa Telemetry
Harmony Jackson, BSN, RN – Boise Medical-Surgical
Gavin Jorgensen, BSN, RN – Boise Critical Care Unit
Lorna Kennedy-Klein, BSN, RN – Nampa Emergency Department
Larissa King, BSN, RN – Magic Valley Medical-Surgical
Kara Luckey, BSN, RN – Nampa Emergency Department
Brea Mikolajczyk, BSN, RN – Boise Medical
SurgicalSharon Monasmith, BSN, RN – Nampa Women’s Services
Madison Olachea, BSN, RN – Nampa Telemetry
Haley Orr, BSN, RN – Magic Valley Intensive Care Unit
Avihai Ostchega, BSN, RN – Boise Cardiac Procedures
Lesley Patterson, RN – Meridian Women’s Services
Rauli Perry, NP – Magic Valley Labor and Delivery
Cara Peterman, BSN, RN – Boise Heme Malignancies
Andi Scrivner, BSN, RN – Boise Family Medicine Clinic
Lindy Smith, BSN, RN, CMSRN – Magic Valley Surgical Services
Laura Taylor, BSN, RN – Boise Labor and Delivery
Tom Thuerer, BSN, RN – Boise Telemetry

2023 Sunshine Award Recipients 

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 Award. 

Hayleigh Armstrong, CNA – Boise
Taralynn Azevedo, CNA – Nampa Intensive Care Unit
Ammon Beddes, Echo Tech – Nampa Echo
Anna Dimitri, CNA – Nampa Telemetry
Tara Lyon, LCSW – Meridian Hospice
Tatyana Marino, CNA – Nampa Telemetry
Caleb Markham, CNA – Nampa Telemetry
Kara Poulton, BSN, RN - Magic Valley Medical-Surgical
Katie Skarpnes, CNA – Boise Clinical Support Unit
Rebecca Steffens, CNA – Boise Antepartum
Jennie Terrell, CNA – Boise Labor and Delivery
Mark Wood, RRT – Fruitland Respiratory Therapy

2023 System Nursing Excellence Awards Winners

Exemplary Professional Practice

Nicole Justesen, BSN, RN, OCN

Cancer Institute, Chemo Infusion Nurse – Boise

Rachel Elledge, NP, MSN, RN, CPNP

Pediatric Urology, Nurse Practitioner – Boise

Angie Bower, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC

NICU, Nurse – Meridian

Karen Caywood, MSN, RN, CCRN

Crisis Nurse – Nampa

Katie Lammers, BSN, RN

Medical-Surgical, Nurse – Jerome

Tina Marie Rogers, LPN

Pulmonology Clinic, Nurse – Magic Valley

Structural Empowerment

Alicia Osgood, MSN, RN, CPN
Hemophilia, Nurse Navigator – Boise

Karen P. Stevens, PhD, RN, TCRN
St. Luke’s Wood River Assistant Nurse Manager – Wood River

New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements

Elena Jacobs, BSN, RN, OCN
4 South, Nurse – Boise

Transformational Leadership - New Leader

Nicole Muller, MSN, RN, PHN, CRRN
Rehabilitation/Skilled Nursing Unit, Nurse Manager – Elmore

Transformational Leadership - Experienced Leader

Sara Gibbons, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, NPD-BC, CPN
Clinical Learning and Student Services, Senior Director – System

Transformational Leadership - Dana Gulbranson Distinguished Nurse

Jill Howell, BSN, RN
St. Luke’s Jerome, Associate Chief Nursing Officer – Jerome

RN Group

Ambulatory Educators

Left to right: Charissa Phelps, BSN, RN, NPD-BC; Ambulatory Chief Nursing Officer Alicia Young, MSN, MBA, RN; Lori Gray, MSN, RN; Gayle Gray, BSN, MHS, RN, NPD-BC; Amber Schwehr, RN, CV-BC; Senior Vice President for Clinical Practice Integration and Chief Nurse Executive Elizabeth Steger, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE; and Katrina Maginnis, BSN, RN, AMB-BC.

Not pictured: Ashleigh Conner, BSN, RN, CMSRN, NPD-BC; Holly Wicklas, BSN, RN; Jodi Taylor, BSN, RNC-OB; and Misty Ludlow, BSN, RN.

Interprofessional Group

Boise Respiratory Outpatient Clinic Workgroup

Front row, left to right: Allison Gauthier, MD, physician; Julie Snider, BS, RRT, respiratory therapy director; Paula Goodsell, RRT, respiratory therapy clinical educator; Lauren Goodell, project manager; and Kyan McKeever, BSN, MBA, RN, CPHQ, clinical informaticist.

Back row, left to right: Emily Haghighi, MPA, project manager; Angela Enloe, application analyst; Troy Roberts, RRT, respiratory therapy manager; and Mark Maylin, RRT, respiratory care supervisor.

Not pictured: Anna Amador, patient access manager.

Download Full Copies of Our Nursing Annual Reports


2023 Nursing Annual Report

The exceptional dedication and commitment of our nursing teams to delivering high-quality patient care, along with our ongoing investment in our organizational culture, have not only guided our vision for the future but have also led to several significant outcomes benefiting both those we serve and those with whom we work.

2022 Nursing Annual Report

In 2022, St. Luke’s and its teams moved from a pandemic response back to a more familiar focus on patient care with record volumes. As patient volume increased, so did our teams’ acuity as they stepped up to ensure that patients received needed care.

2021 Nursing Annual Report

In 2021, our nurses not only cared for our community and patients, but also demonstrated deep commitment to one another. 

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The Heart of Patient Care

St. Luke’s engages nurses at every level of the organization as leaders, caregivers, and scientists. Our nurses provide a patient-focused environment that extends from the hospital and clinic to the patient’s home, community, and workplace. And, our nurse-to-patient ratios are among the best in the country, allowing nursing staff to establish effective and meaningful patient relationships.