The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day.
Nicole Gardner, RN – Boise Medical Intensive Care Unit
Cory Hoover, RN – Nampa Medical/ Surgical
Brittany Linn, NP – Nampa Clinics
Megan Marks, RN – Clinical Support Unit
Jeff Safley, RN – Air St. Luke’s
Penny Schwartz, RN – Boise POHA
Amanda Torres, RN – Nampa Women’s Services
The DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award was created to recognize those nurses who, over their careers, have promoted the positive im
Cy Gearhard, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
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.
Yesenia Espinoza, CNA – Nampa Telemetry
For the first time, in 2020-21 all Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) fellows and senior fellows chose to conduct human subjects research instead of evidence-based practice projects.
Mallory Campbell BSN, RN, mentored
by Marty Downey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC,
Increasing Chlorhexidine Compliance in the Bone Marrow Transplant and Medical Oncology Inpatient Population
Megyn Flood BSN, RN, RNC-NIC,
mentored by Hillary Swann-Thomsen,
PhD, and Kelly Graff, MSN, APRNCNS, ACCNS-P
Staff and Parent Understanding of Hand Hygiene Practices in the NICU
Megan Nelson MSN, RN, RNC-OB,
mentored by Jane Grassley, PhD, RN,
Prenatal Oral Health Screening: Assessing Implementation
Anna Quon MBA HM, BSN, RN, RN-BC;
Kimberli Munn MSN RN; and Wendy
Vanderburgh BSN, RN, NREMT-P, FP-C
ED, mentored by Andi Foley, DNP, RN,
APRN-CNS, FAEN, EMT
Nurse Consensus on Most Effective and Accessible Support Strategies During COVID 19: A Delphi Study
Kayla Raney, BSN, RN, RN-BC, and Kim Popa, BSN, RN, mentored by Cara Gallegos, PhD, RN
Stress, Experiences, and Unmet Needs of Parent(s) Whose Child Has Attempted Suicide
Amy Stukenholtz, BSN, RN, and Michelle Hancock, BSN, RN, mentored by Susan Tavernier, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCN
Caregiver Perceived Barriers to Notifying Oncologist at Onset of Fever Greater Than 101° F Among OnTreatment Pediatric Oncology Patients
Kofi Bonnie, DNP, MSc, RPN, RN
Garrod, E., Jenkins, E., Currie, L. M., McGuinness, L., & Bonnie, K. (2020). Leveraging nurses to improve care for patients with concurrent disorders in inpatient mental health settings: A scoping review. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 16(3), 357-372. doi: 10.1080/15504263.2020.1752963
Julie Carr, MSN, RN; Katherine Callanan, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA; and Julie Swanson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Carr, J., Callanan, K. & Swanson, J. (2020). Staying active after stroke: A customizable community resource guide for stroke survivors. Geri Notes, 27(4), 8-13.
Amanda Erickson, BSN, RNC-MNN
Erickson, A. (2020) Spark joy. RN Idaho, 43(1), 14.
Julya Miner DNP, RN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CPHQ, NEA-BC
Miner, J. (2020). Implementing e-learning to enhance the management of postpartum hemorrhage. Nursing for Women’s Health, 24(6), 421-430. doi: 10.1016/j.nwh.2020.03.010
Miner, J. (2020). The hedgehog project: Inviting front-line teams into performance improvement through a focused 90-day strategy. RN Idaho, 43(2), 12.
Contributing author for Prevention of Newborn Falls/Drops in the Hospital:
AWHONN Practice Brief Number 9 published in the following:
Andi Foley, DNP, RN, APRN-CNS, ACCNS-AG, CEN, TCRN, FAEN, EMT
Tips for seeing your work in print [virtual podium]. Presentation at Emergency Nurses 2020 national virtual conference. September-December 2020.
Jessica Garner MSN, RN-BC, ACNS-BS, APRN
Implementing changes to SQ insulin dispensing/administration: Sticking to safe practice and minding the big bucks. NACNS 2020 Annual Conference, March 10-13, 2020, Indianapolis, IN.
Kara Garner, MSN, APRN-CNP, DNP-c
Identification and mitigation of transition shock in new graduate nurses. Presentation at Nurse Leaders of Idaho and American Nurses Association of Idaho LEAP Conference, November 9, 2020, Boise, ID.
Michelle Hamland, DNP, RN, and Kimberly Khoury-Dillon, DNP, RN, CPHIMS, RN-BC
Surviving change: A nursing informatics perspective. Presentation at Nurse Leaders of Idaho and American Nurses Association of Idaho LEAP Conference, November 9, 2020, Boise, ID.
Julya Miner, DNP, RN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CPHQ, NEA-BC
Perinatal innovations to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality. Keynote podium presentation at the 2020 Idaho Perinatal Project Winter Conference, February 20, 2020, Boise, ID.
OB hemorrhage update. Symposium speaker at the St. Luke’s Critical Access Hospital Perinatal Teleconference, March 2020, Boise, ID.
Rock-a-bye baby: newborn fall/drop prevention and response. Webinar presentation for Washington Hospital Associate Webinar Series, May 12, 2020, Seattle, WA.
Brie Sandow, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, and Joan Agee, DNP, RN, FACHE
The relevance of a professional association to nurses. Presentation at Nurse Leaders of Idaho and American Nurses Association of Idaho LEAP Conference, November 9-10, 2020, Boise, ID.
Teresa Stanfill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, RNC-OB
Leaders, are your curves in the right places? Presentation at Creative Health Care Management (CHCM) Journey to Excellence National Virtual Conference, September 23-24, 2020.
Teresa Stanfill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, RNC-OB, and Diana Meyer, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAEN
Collaboration to improve hiring: An innovative partnership. Presentation at Creative Health Care Management (CHCM) Journey to Excellence National Virtual Conference, September 23-24, 2020.
Year of VUCA: A leadership case study. Presentation at Creative Health Care Management (CHCM) Journey to Excellence National Virtual Conference, September 23-24, 2020.
Julie Swanson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Implementing the Braden QD scale to reduce pressure injuries in the pediatric patient. Presentation at Nurse Leaders of Idaho and American Nurses Association of Idaho LEAP Conference, November 9, 2020, Boise, ID.
Julie Swanson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, and Claire Beck, DNP, RN, RNC-OB, NPD-BC
Strategies for surviving graduate school: Community of DNP students. Presentation at Nurse Leaders of Idaho and American Nurses Association of Idaho LEAP Conference, November 9, 2020, Boise, ID.
Anna Quon, MBA HM, BSN, RN, RN-BC, and Heidi Hamlin, BSN, RN
Occupational health nursing and the innovative response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Presentation at Nurse Leaders of Idaho and American Nurses Association of Idaho LEAP Conference, November 9, 2020, Boise, ID.
Andi Foley, DNP, RN, APRN-CNS, ACCNS-AG, CEN, TCRN, FAEN, EMT, was inducted as Fellow into Academy of Emergency Nursing and was elected for a two-year term as Board member-at-large for Academy of Emergency Nursing.
Jessica Garner, MSN, RN-BC, ACNS-BS, APRN, was appointed Vice Chair to Idaho Board of Nursing APRN Advisory Council.
Aimee Hardt, MN, APRN-CNS, ACCNS-N, was appointed to the ACCNS Virtual Item Review Panel-Neonatal American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
Dori A. Healey, MSN-RN, MBA-HA, CPPS, was appointed to the Political Action Committee for the American Nurses Association and highlighted as a national leader in the American Nurse Journal.
Anna Quon, MBA HM, BSN, RN, RNBC, was appointed to Idaho’s Northwest Nazarene University Nursing Advisory Council and appointed to the Ambulatory Nursing Content Expert Panel for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Teresa Stanfill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, RNC-OB, was selected as a 2020 Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Honoree by the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA).
Cristler Memorial Endowment
Healthcare Education Endowment
Magic Valley & Jerome Nursing Scholarship
Return to Learn Scholarship
Laura Fry Alison
Thibault Rural Connections Scholarship
St. Luke’s Foundation Nursing Funds
(Brown Funds, Nursing Education, Sharon Lee)
After a 38-year nursing career with St. Luke’s Health System, I am retiring. It is hard to believe in some respects, as time goes so quickly; however, it is time to start a new journey in my life and it is time for St. Luke’s to embrace new nursing leadership who will bring innovative perspectives—a requirement in an ever-changing health care environment. I could not be more honored to reflect on my career for my last Nursing Annual Report as your system chief nursing officer.
I still remember my first position as a graduate nurse at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center. At that time, in 1979, St. Luke’s was only one facility. I was so excited to start my career and quickly immersed myself in an environment in which I thrived. I was in awe of the talent around me and continue to this day to give thanks to the many experienced nurses, physicians and interdisciplinary team members who were my mentors. My passion for nursing was validated as I started practicing on 4 South.
After several years, I stepped away to complete my master’s degree in nursing, then returned to St. Luke’s in a position as one (of two) clinical specialists. This position gave me a broader appreciation of the importance of standardizing care practices to achieve the best patient care outcomes. Standardization of care practices and reduction of irrational variation was the core of much of my interdisciplinary work going forward in leadership: as the director of the Coronary Care Unit, to the administrator of St. Luke’s Heart Services, to transitioning to various chief nursing officer roles during the growth of St. Luke’s at the local, regional and system level.
I have been blessed to be a part of many teams that have developed successful programs for our patients over the years. I am most proud of the work and effort by each of our nurses and team members who continually touch, heal and comfort our patients every day. That is the sacred work that is our lifeblood. The passion for patient care that I experienced as a new graduate nurse has stayed with me throughout my years as a bedside nurse and nursing leader. Yes, there have been many highs, such as being awarded our recent fifth Magnet designation, and many challenges, such as caring for our patients through the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the courage of our nurses and clinical teams through all challenges has made me realize over and over how special it is to work for St. Luke’s. The future of St. Luke’s will always be bright because of the people.
Thank you for the honor of serving you. Continue to focus on providing the highest level of care to our patients and we will not steer off course of our true north. You are and will always be my heroes.
With appreciation and gratitude,
This report highlighted the accomplishments and exemplary outcomes of our talented nurses.