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Outstanding Achievements

2016 Awards & Congratulations

  • Jenny Alderden, RN, MN, CCRN, CCN, Meridian ICU, received a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health and was named Outstanding PhD Student at the University of Utah College of Nursing.
  • Julie Du Bois, ADN, RN, Pediatric Cardiovascular Services Coordinator at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, received the DeLuca Award from the Jayden DeLuca Foundation and American Heart Association. 
  • Jennifer Jonely, MSN, RN, RNC-OB CPCL®, Labor and Delivery nurse, was selected as a member of the Hospice & Palliative Credentialing Center Examination Development Committee.
  • Cindy Mosier, MSN, RN, Senior Director of Nursing and Patient Care, St. Luke’s McCall, was named Outstanding Nurse Leader for Idaho by the Idaho Nurses Association and received a President’s Award from St. Luke’s Health System.
  • Linda Penwarden, MN, RN, AOCN®, Clinical Nurse Specialist for MSTI, received the 2016 Mary Nowotny Excellence in Cancer Nursing Education Award from the National Oncology Nursing Society and the ONE (Oncology Nursing Excellence) Award from the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators. 
  • Brienne Sandow, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, RNC-OB, Director, Clinical Support Unit, Treasure Valley, was recognized as 2016 Accomplished Under 40 by Idaho Business Review.
  • Jan Sprague, BSN, RN, CRN, was selected as a member of the 2016 Radiology Nursing Certification Board (RNCB) Test Development/Item Writing group. 
  • Karen Stevens, MSN, RN, CEN, Wood River ED, was selected as Idaho Jonas Scholar by the Jonas Center for Nursing & Veterans Healthcare.
  • Debbie Tucker, ADN, RN, St. Luke’s Wood River Family Medicine Clinic, received the Carl A. Gray Memorial Award for Nursing Excellence from St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation.
  • Melissa Ward, MSN, RN, Program Manager, Unique Families Program, received the Idaho Distinguished Nurse Award from the Idaho Nurses Association. 
  • Robyn Beall, MSN, RN NE-BC, Director, Magnet Program, Tyley Nelson, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner, St. Luke’s Internal Medicine, and Diane Records, MSN, RN, Senior Director, Clinical Support Services, MSTI, were selected as Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Honorees by the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.
  • Marylynn Hippe, MSN, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CMSRN, Cardiovascular CNS, Kayla Ingram, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Director Nursing/Patient Care, Meridian Med/Surg, Jerry Johnson, BSN, RN, Boise Recovery Room, and Debbie Larson, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Manager, Clinical Education, were recipients of the 2016 President’s Award from St. Luke’s Health System.

2016 Nursing Excellence Award Winners

Celebrating nurses is an integral part of nursing culture at St. Luke’s. In 2016, the Nursing Excellence Awards were open to all nurses throughout St. Luke’s Health System. Nominees were 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.

The award ceremony, held in May at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, was the largest to date with 28 nominees from across the system recognized. Winners were announced during the ceremony and presented with a plaque. Making the awards a system event was possible through the support of nursing leadership. The planning team looks forward to recognizing many more nurses and continuing the new tradition of the System Nursing Excellence Awards.

Transformational Leadership

  • Diana Meyer, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAEN, Center for Nursing Excellence, SLHS - Dana Gulbranson Spirit of Nursing, Outstanding Leader
  • George Rojas, ADN, RN, Elmore Nursing Administration - Experienced Leader
  • Janet Andree, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, RNC-MMN, Clinical Support Unit, Boise - New Leader
  • Maggie Gaynor, BSN, RN, CRRN, Magic Valley Gwen Neilsen Anderson Rehabilitation Center - New Leader

Structural Empowerment

  • Cherie Shardlow, Dip, RN, CPAN, Wood River PACU
  • Vicki Wohlers, BSN, RN, RNC-NIC, Boise NICU

Exemplary Professional Practice

  • Brittany Linn, NP-C, MSN, RN, AOCNP, MSTI, Nampa - Community
  • Kerri Tucker, NP, MSN, RN, WHNP-C, The Woman’s Clinic, Boise - Advance Practice
  • Wendy Harrington, ADN, RN,Elmore Medical/Surgical - Hospital
  • Mary Mkangara, BSN, RN, CCRN, Clinical Support Unit, Boise - Hospital
  • Laurie Williams, ADN, RN, Wood River Surgical Services - Hospital

New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements

  • Tami Treinen, BSN, RN, COHN, Employee Health and Safety Departments, SLHS

2016 DAISY Award Recipients

  • Ana Anthony, BSN, RN, CEN, Meridian ED
  • Raymond Banks, CNA, Meridian ED
  • Andrea Beseris, BSN, RN, Boise Med/Surg 6
  • Jill Glenn, BSN, BA, RN, CEN, Meridian ED
  • Steve Hinkle, ASN, RN, Meridian ED
  • Crisha Huffman, BSN, RN, Supervisor Nursing, Meridian ED
  • Valerie Lehmer, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Boise Med/Surg 5E 
  • Bonnie Linzmeyer, ADN, RN, Meridian ED
  • Kylie Rush, BSN, RN, Meridian ED
  • Marie Uhles, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Supervisor Nursing, Boise Telemetry 7E

2016 Registered Nurse Scholarship Recipients

Nursing Scholarship

  • Ashlee Bowman, BSN, RN
  • Abbie Brooks, ADN, RN
  • Sladana Cucic, ADN, RN
  • Sam Fife, BSN, RN

Leadership Scholarship

  • Christa Carlson, BSN, RN, CENP
  • Kendall Connors, BSN, RN
  • Curt Egbert, ASN, RN
  • Jackie Hurzeler, BSN, RN, MSCRN

Gilbertson Scholarship

  • Richard Robinson, BSN, BS, RN

Sodexo Scholarship

  • Kim King, BSN, RN
  • Jessica Matthews, BSN, RN
  • Sergey Zaytsev, BSN, RN

Wright Scholarship

  • Caitlin Murray, BSN, RN

P. Scott McLean, Jr., MD, Endowment for Education – St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation

  • Janet Barton, BSN, RN

St. Luke’s McCall Auxiliary Scholarship Committee

  • Thea Campbell, BSN, RN, PCCN

St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation Staff Education Scholarship

  • Kathryn Driscoll, ADN, RN
  • Leith Lickteig, BSN, RN
  • Hollie Roberts, ADN, RN

Brown Funds

  • Janet Andree, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, RNC-MMN
  • Angie Bixby, ADN, RN, CEN
  • Dani Boespflug, MSN, RN, RN-BC
  • Winston Cheyney, ADN, BS, RN
  • Heather Crossley, BSN, RN, ONC
  • Tessa Doyle, BSN, BBA, RN
  • Jennifer Jonely, MSN, RN, RNC-OB, CPLC
  • April Jones, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN
  • Holly Lammer, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM
  • Beth Owen, BSN, RN, CCRN
  • Erin Preston, BSN, RN, CCRN
  • Kyle Servatis, BSN, RN, CEN
  • Dawn Swick, BSN, RN, CCRN

Nursing Research Fellowship Projects, Publications, and Presentations

2016-17 Nursing Research and EBP Fellows

  • Kristen Anderson, BSN, RN, OCN; Mentored by Marty Downey, MSN, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, CHTP, CNE
    • Foot Reflexology Effects on Nausea and Pain for Adult Oncology Inpatients
  • Katherine Callanan, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, and Julie Carr, MSN, RN; Mentored by Julie Swanson, MN, RNC-NIC
    • Staying Active After Stroke: A Community Resource Guide
  • Karen Caywood, MSN, RN; Mentored by Cara Gallegos, PhD, RN
    • What is the Best Way to Impact Nursing Knowledge and Confidence in Caring for and Assessing Patients at Risk for Suicide?
  • Christine Foy, BSN, RN, and Sara Palma, BSN, RN; Mentored by Anna Rostock, BSN, RN, CPN
    • How can the Workplace be Changed to Foster a Safe, Healthy Nursing Culture that Promotes Retention and Job Satisfaction?
Senior Fellows
  • Lisa Mayerhofer, MSN, RN; Mentored by Susan Tavernier, PhD, APRN-CNS AOCN
    • Blood Storage Duration as a Predictor of Well-Being and Fatigue
  • Dawn Swick, BSN, RN, and Danielle Nicholas, BSN, RN; Mentored by Kim Martz, PhD, RN 
    • What is the Best Practice for Obtaining Palliative Care Referrals in the Meridian ICU?

2016 Publications

  • Jenny Alderden RN, MN, CCRN, CCNS
    • Alderden, J.G., & Cummins, M. (2016). Standardized nursing documentation and the oncology nurse. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 29(3), 336–339. doi: 10.1188/16. CJON.336-338.
    • Alderden, J.G., & Pepper, G. (in press). Critical care patients with special needs: Geriatric patients. In T.J. Hartjes (Ed.), AACN core curriculum for critical care nursing (7th ed.). Annapolis, MD: Elsevier.
  • Dia Byrne, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, OCN® 
    • Byrne, D. (2016). Comparing the push-pull versus discard blood sample method from adult central vascular access devices. Journal of Infusion Nursing, 39(3), 130-135. doi: 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000167
  • Stacy Evans, MSN, RN, CMSRN & Erica Yager, MSN, RN 
    • Evans, S., Yager, E., Sutherland, L., & Downey, M. (2016). Getting your grumble back. Journal of Holistic Nursing, Published online before print October 4, 2016. doi: 10.1177/0898010116672338
  • Jennifer Jonely, MSN, RN, RNC-OB, CPLC
    • Jones, E.L., Jonely, J., Kennedy, K., Carter, R., & Rich, D. (2016) Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance (PLIDA) position statement on pregnancy termination following adverse fetal or maternal diagnosis. Retrieved from the PLIDA website 
  • Diana Meyer, DNP, RN, CCRN, CEN, NEA-BC, FAEN; Laura Tivis, PhD, CCRP 
    • Meyer, D., & Tivis, L.J. (2016). A center for nursing excellence: Innovations today for exemplary tomorrows. Nurse Leader, 14(1), 52-56. doi: 10.1016/j.mnl.2015.05.007
  • Teresa Stanfill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, RNC-OB
    • Stanfill, T. (2016). ACLS OB: Advanced cardiac life support with an OB focus. Boise, ID: St. Luke’s Health System.
    • Keegan, R.D., Oliver, M.C., Stanfill, T.J., Stevens, K.V., Brown, G.R., Ebinger, M., & Gay, J.M. (2016). Use of a mobile device simulation as a preclass learning exercise. Journal of Nursing Education, 55(1), 56-59. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20151214-14
  • Karen Stevens, MSN, RN, CEN
    • Stevens, K. & Nies, M.A. (2016). Where did you sleep last night? RN Idaho, 39(3), 3.
  • Tory Zigmond, MSN, RN
    • Nadelson, S.G., Zigmond, T., Nadelson, L., Scadden, M., & Collins, C. (2016). Fostering caring in undergraduate nursing students: An integrative review. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 6(11), 7-14. doi: 10.5430/jnep. v6n11p7

2016 Presentations

  • Cindi Bennett, MN, RN, IBCLC
    • Establishing a partnership between a hospital and WIC breastfeeding peer counselors. Presented at the Idaho Perinatal Nurse Leadership Summit Conference, October 20, 2016, Boise, ID.
  • Kara S. Garner, MSN, APRN, PNP-BC, RN-BC
    • Platelet delta granule storage pool disease. Presented at the World Federation of Hemophilia 2016 World Congress, July 24-28, 2016, Orlando, FL.
  • Jennifer Jonely, MSN, RN, RNC-OB, CPLC
    • The transformative process of parental decision making through loss: Providing guidance through relationship-based care. Preconference presentation by Jennifer Jonely and Emilie Lamberg-Jones, RN, BSW at the 20th Biennial International Perinatal Bereavement Conference, September 27, 2016, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Holly Lammer, BSN, RNC-OB, EFM
    • Prenatal psychology & health: Our future depends on it! Presented at the 2016 Idaho Perinatal Project Winter Conference, February 18-19, 2016, Nampa, ID.
    • Self-care in an environment of stress. Presentation by Holly Lammer and Sarah Nesbitt at the 2016 Idaho Paralegal Conference, April 22, 2016, Boise, ID.
    • Herniation: What’s blood got to do with it? Presented at the 2016 Air Medical Transport Conference, December 13-15, 2016, Charlotte, NC.
  • Dawn L. Powell, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS
    • ADHD: Diagnosis and treatment. Presented at the Nurse Practitioners of Idaho Annual Fall Conference, October 14-15, 2016, Boise, ID.
  • Teresa Stanfill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, RNC-OB
    • Leading change: Leadership competencies for healthcare: I have to know what?! Podium presentation at the AWHONN National Conference, June 11-15, 2016, Grapevine, TX.
    • ‘Yes, You Can!’ – An innovative program to support professional development. Poster presented at the ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference, April 28 29, 2016, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Michele Schwister, BSN, RN, CCRN
    • Pediatric intensive care unit’s success in working a new model for competency assessment. Presented at AACN National Teaching Institute, May 16-19, 2016, New Orleans, LA.
  • Laura Tivis, PhD, CCRP; Diana Meyer, DNP, RN, CCRN, CEN, NEA-BC, FAEN
    • Release your inner author: A successful writing workshop for nurses. Presented at the Western Institute of Nursing Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, April 6-9, 2016, Anaheim, CA.
  • Tory Zigmond, MSN, RN; Jerrie Hammons, RN, CIC; Tracy Smith, RN, CNOR; Claudia Davis, RN, CNOR
    • Surgical site infection prevention: Using NSQIP for process improvement. Poster presented at ACS NSQIP Annual Conference; July 16-19, 2016, San Diego, CA.

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2016 Nursing Annual Report

In 2016, we expanded our annual report to cover nursing initiatives and excellence across the entire St. Luke's Health System, including our successful implementation of a system-wide electronic health record.

2015 Nursing Annual Report

This report detailed nursing highlights in our west region, including our 4th Magnet designation.

2014 Nursing Annual Report

This report covered nursing innovations and accomplishments in our west region.

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