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Outstanding Achievements

Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (EPB) Fellows

Kendra Bellomy, MSN, RN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, and Carley Franz, MSN, RN, C-EFM, mentored by Claire Beck, DNP, RN, RNC-OB, NPD-BC, and Laura J. Tivis, PhD, CCRP
Sterile Water Injections as an Effective Method to Treat Lower Back Pain in Labor 

Liz Clabaugh, MN, RN, NPD-BC, and Christiana Sipe, 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 Andi Foley, DNP, RN, APRN-CNS, EMT, FAEN
Safe Blood Pressure Practices for Thrombocytopenic Oncology Patients 

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

Justin Houck BSN, RN, mentored by Karen Stevens, PhD, RN
Assessing Nursing Climate Change Opinions: A Comparative Analysis of Nursing and Public Opinion Regarding Climate Change 

Elena Jacobs, BSN, RN, mentored by Susan Tavernier, PhD, APRNCNS, AOCN
The Adult Oncology Patient’s Ability to Fever: An Inpatient Retrospective Study on Leukemia and Lymphoma Patients 

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

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

Aimee LeGoffe, BSN, RN, and Kim Mills PT, MSPT, mentored by Anna Quon, MBA HM, BSN, RN, AMB-BC
The Impact on Adult Home Health Patient Hospitalization Days When Integrating a Nurse Practitioner Into the Home Health Care Model 

Dana McKee, BSN, RNC-MNN, PMH-C, mentored by Kim Martz, PhD, RN
Perinatal Mental Health Care Access: Identifying Patient and Provider Perceptions of Facilitators and Barriers

Nursing Research and EBP Senior Fellows 

Mallory Campbell, BSN, RN, mentored by Marty Downey, MSN, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, CHTP/I
Increasing Chlorhexidine Compliance in the Bone Marrow Transplant and Medical Oncology Inpatient Population 

Megan Nelson, MSN, RN, RNC-OB, mentored by Jane Grassley, PhD, RN, IBCLC
Prenatal Oral Health Screening: Assessing Implementation in a St. Luke’s Clinic

2021 Publications 

Kristen Anderson, MSN, RN, OCN, and Marty Downey, MSN, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, CHTP/I
Anderson, K. D. & Downey, M. (2021). Foot reflexology: An intervention for pain and nausea among inpatients with cancer. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 25(5), 539-545. doi: 10.1188/21. CJON.539-545 

Rick Bassett, MSN, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN
Dresser, S., Fowler, S., & Bassett, R. (2021). National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists legislative/ regulatory committee update. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 35(2), 96-97. doi: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000586 

Caroline Davis, BSN, RN, CPN
Davis, C. (2021, April 10). Notes from a COVID-19 nurse. Idaho Press. 

Kristen Koprowski, BSN, RN, IBCLC; Teresa Stanfill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, RNC-OB; and Laura Tivis, PhD, CCRP
Koprowski, K., Meyer, D., Stanfill, T., & Tivis, L. J. (2021). Cultivating joy: Improving nurse resilience through use of a practice playbook. Applied Nursing Research, 62. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2021.151484 

Kim Martz, PhD, RN; Jenny Alderden, PhD, APRN, CCRN, CCNS; Rick Bassett, MSN, APRN, CCRN; Dawn Swick, MSN, RN
Martz, K., Alderden, J., Bassett, R., & Swick, D. (2021). The authors respond. Critical Care Nurse, 41(2), 12-13. doi: 10.4037/ccn2021186 

Michaelyn Muggli, MSN, RN, NPDBC, CCRN-K, CHSE, and Tammye Erdmann, MSEd, BSN, BScIT, RN, CHSE
Muggli, M. & Erdmann, T. (2021). The power of healthcare simulation: Part 1, embracing the power of simulation. RN Idaho, 44(1), 21.

Muggli, M., & Erdmann, T. (2021). The power of healthcare simulation: Part 2, the power of fidelity. RN Idaho, 44(2), 18.

Muggli, M., & Erdmann, T. (2021). The power of healthcare simulation: Part 3, the power of simulation in supporting healthcare team performance. RN Idaho, 44(3), 18. 

Kristy Schmidt, MN, RN, NEA-BC, CPXP, and Jane Grassley, PhD, RN, IBCLC
Pentecost, R., Schmidt, K., & Grassley, J. (2021). Health care providers’ perceived barriers to screening for substance use during pregnancy. Nursing for Women’s Health, 25(4), 272-277. doi: 10.1016/j.nwh.2021.05.002

2021 Presentations 

Surgical Oncology and Transition of Care. Poster presentation at the NACNS 2021 Annual Conference, March 9-11, 2021. Virtual. 

Rick Bassett, MSN, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN
The NIWI Experience. Podium presentation at the NACNS 2021 Fall Summit, October 3-5, 2021. Virtual and in New Orleans, Louisiana. The ABCs of ACPs. Presentation at the Idaho Health Continuum of Care Alliance – Project HELP webinar, June 3, 2021. Boise, Idaho. National POLST Technology Guide Overview. Presentation at the National POLST Webinar, April 13, 2021. Washington D.C. 

Caroline Davis, BSN, BS, RN, CPN, and Anna Quon, MBA HM, BSN, RN, AMB-BC
Nursing Led Interdisciplinary Education for Rapid Deployment of COVID-19 Vaccines. Poster presentation at the Nurse Leaders of Idaho and American Nurses Association of Idaho LEAP Conference, October 28-29. 2021. Virtual.

Amanda Erickson, BSN, RN, RNCMNN & Karli Bell, MSN, RN, CMSRN
Improving Access and Equity Through In-Patient Clinical Trials. Poster presentation at the American Nurses Association of Idaho LEAP Conference, October 28-29, 2021. Virtual. 

Grab the Blakemore – Role of the CNS in Updating Practice. Podium presentation at the Emergency Nursing 2022 Conference, September 8-11, 2021. Virtual.

Tips for a Successful Academy Application. Podium presentation at the Emergency Nursing 2022 Conference, September 8-11, 2021. Virtual. 

Christy Hines, BSN, CRN, NPD-BC, RT(R)(CT)(ARRT)
Pocket Resource Guide to Aid in Competency Beyond Initial Orientation in a Procedural Area. Podium presentation at the Association for Radiologic & Imaging Nursing Conference, March 20-22, 2021. Virtual. 

Debbie Ketchum, MAOM, RN, NEABC, RNC-MNN, C-EFM
Public Policy Session: The AWHONN 2021 Legislative and Policy Agenda. Podium presentation at the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses 2021 National Convention, October 10-13, 2021. Virtual.

Resilience Matters! Keynote address at Mu Gamma: Sigma Nursing Honor Society Induction Ceremony, Northwest Nazarene University, November 3, 2021. Nampa, Idaho. 

Heather Knapp, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN
Developing a Comprehensive MultiModal Pediatric Trauma Training Program for a New Pediatric Trauma Center. Poster presentation at the Western Pediatric Trauma Conferences, July 14-15, 2021. Virtual. 

Kayli Lewis, MSN, RNC-MNN
Dextrose Gel for the Treatment of Newborn Hypoglycemia. Poster presentation at the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses 2021 National Convention, October 10-13, 2021. Virtual. 

Infusing Joy. Keynote virtual presentation at the 2021 Annual Business Meeting of Sigma Mu Gamma-at-Large Chapter, June 1, 2021. Boise, Idaho. 

Excellence in Postpartum Hemorrhage Care. Poster presentation at the 2021 American Society of Healthcare Risk Management Conference, October 2021. Virtual and in San Antonio, Texas. 

Janice Preuit, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC
A Quality Improvement Program: Reducing Unplanned Extubations in the Neonatal Intensive Care Setting. Poster presentation at the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, September 13-15, 2021. Virtual. 

Courtney Sant, BSN, RN; Kofi Bonnie, DNP, RPN, RN; Vibecke Thompson, MSN, RN; and Sam Fife, BSN, RN
Behavior Response Team (BRT) in Acute Psychiatric Settings. Podium presentation at the American Nurses Association of Idaho LEAP Conference, October 29, 2021. Virtual.

Krista Stadler, BSN, RN
Building a Virtual Hospital. Webinar presentation at the Nebraska Medicine Collaborative, Fall 2021. Virtual.

Team-Based Care – Nursing Default Care Model (Part 1). Webinar presentation at the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, Summer 2021. Virtual.

State Meeting Breakout Session – Idaho. Session leader at the Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center Annual Conference, April 2021. Virtual.

Keeping Providers Healthy and Committed to Virtual Care. Conference panelist at the Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center Annual Conference, April 2021. Virtual. 

Julie Swanson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
PATHS: Professional Advancement Through High-Performance and Skill. Poster presentation at the ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference, November 11-13, 2021. Virtual and in Atlanta, Georgia.

2021 Awards and Congratulations 

Laurel DeFoggi, BSN, RN, was accepted into the AHEC Scholars program, which promotes interprofessional collegiality with a focus on rural and underserved populations. 


  • Elected to be 2022 ChairpersonElect for Academy of Emergency Nursing.
  • Completed Scrum Master training and certification. 

Anna Quon, MBA HM, BSN, RN, AMB-BC: 

  • Selected for the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) Nurse Sensitive Indicator Team.
  • Selected for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (AACN) Content Expert Panel for the Ambulatory Nursing Certification exam.
  • Appointed chairperson of the Nurse Leaders of Idaho (NLI) Education Committee. 
  • Selected for SLHS Nurse Scientist Apprenticeship. 

April Slayden, RN, Air St. Luke’s transport nurse, was recognized with an Inspire Award by Inspire Excellence Idaho. 

Krista Stadler, BSN, RN, was featured in the Johnson & Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation Spotlight in partnership with the American Organization for Nursing Leadership. 

Amber Weber, MSN-Ed, BSN, RNCNIC, NPD-BC, was awarded the 2021 Carl A. Gray Memorial Award for Nursing Excellence by St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation and the Harvey Gray family.

2021 Scholarship and Conference Funds Recipients 

Bledsoe Scholarship
Robert Goettig 

BSU Return to Learn Scholarship
Aubrey Foote
Laura Fry 

Cristler Memorial Endowment Scholarship
Kaitlyn Rivera 

ER Nursing Endowment Scholarship
Samantha Gonzales 

Leadership Scholarship
Tera Eskelsen
Lori Gray
Julia Koch 

Magic Valley and Jerome Nursing Scholarship
Kaitlyn Elderkin

Nursing Scholarship
Donceya Bertalotto
Susanne Duncan
Kerry Heninger
Jane Mclean
Megan Mondragon
Ingrid Rich

Top Shelf Scholarship
Kayla Boozer
LuAnn Cook
Kelsey Hall
Erin Heise
Amber Marsh
Suzanne McReynolds
Madelaine Ryan
Stephanie York

Wood River Return to Learn Scholarship
Mary Beck
Jason Lyman
Brittney Ryan

St. Luke’s Foundation Nursing Funds (Brown Funds, Nursing Education, Sharon Lee)
Betsy Ayers
Amy Bacca
Rick Bassett
Cynthia Bennett
Dani Boespflug
Elsa Cervantes
Nadine Eaton
Yvette Feldman
Jessica Fraire
Jessica Garner
Jennifer Graham
Arlene Harding
Aimee Hardt
Dori Healey
Toni Hebdon
Kendra Hibbard
Tara Hickman
Jennifer Hippe
Marylynn Hippe
Marylynn Hippe
Marissa Huebsch
Deb Jones
Kristen Koprowski
Shawna LaFollette
Ollie Landrum
Kayli Lewis
Cara Lopez
Nicholas McAllister
Patricia O’Neill
Carolee Price
Anna Quon
Shanae Rice

2021 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. 

Kaelonnie Barzee, BSN, RN – Magic Valley Mother-Baby 
Heather Callen, BSN, RN – Boise Labor and Delivery 
Jocelyn Crisp, BSN, RN – Boise Pediatrics 
Fadila Enfendic, BSN, RN – Boise Mother-Baby 
Kelsey Hall, BSN, RN – Boise Emergency Department 
Corey Hoover, BSN, RN – Nampa Medical/Surgical 
Regan Kichne, RN – Nampa 
Kehly Molloy, BSN, RN – Meridian PACU 
Kathy Pizarro, RN – Nampa 
Cory Strickland, RN – Boise

2021 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 
Ashley Trace, LCSW – Meridian Hospice

2021 System Nursing Excellence Awards Winners

Exemplary Professional Practice – Ambulatory

Carrie Anstrand, BSN, MS, RN, IBCLC, Women’s Services Program Manager

Exemplary Professional Practice – Hospital

Kylie King, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Magic Valley IP Medical Nurse
Nichole Santarone, BSN, RNC-NIC, Boise Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse

Structural Empowerment

Siobhan Jameson, ADN, BS, RN, CNOR, Wood River Surgical Services Nurse Circulator

New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements

Megyn Flood, BSN, RNC-NIC, Nampa NICU Clinical Educator
Anna Quon, BSN, MBA HA, RN, AMB-BC, Nursing and Patient Care Center of Excellence Clinical Specialist

Transformational Leadership – New Leader

Jennifer Rablin, RN, CMSRN, Wood River Assistant Nurse Manager

Transformational Leadership – Experienced Leader

Cari Shuart, MSN, RN, CEN, Meridian Emergency Department Nurse

Dana Gulbranson Distinguished Nurse

Brett Gustafson, BSN, RN, Boise Rehabilitation Hospital Manager

RN Group Recognition

Surge Cross-Training Education Team

Shannon Wilson, BSN, RN, CPAN, Magic Valley Clinical Educator
Lynda Peel, MSN, RN, RN-BC, INS, CCRN-E, System Clinical Learning Program Manager
Judd Mendenhall, BSN, RN, CEN, System Clinical Educator
Monica Bachman, MSN, RN, CPN, NPDBC, System Clinical Educator
Amber Weber, MSN-Ed, RN, RNC-NIC, NPDBC, Wood River Clinical Educator
Kendra Murri, BSN, RN, System Clinical Educator myStLuke’s
Lexi Jensen, BSN, RN, System Clinical Educator
Deb Jones, BSN, RN, OCN, System Clinical Educator myStLuke’s
Megan Boston, BSN, RN, Boise Clinical Educator
Michaelyn Muggli, MSN, RN, NPDBC, CCRN-K, CHSE, System Clinical Educator

Chris Roth
Chris Roth - President and CEO

A Message From Chris Roth


You all are awesome . . . and inspiring. 

The past year was, as many have said, to some extent a reboot of 2020, as COVID-19 continued its march through Idaho and among our communities, families and friends. 

As we continued to learn about the not-so-novel coronavirus, and successful vaccines and treatments rolled out, this remarkable team stood its ground against misinformation, frustration and the “great resignation,” among many other headwinds. 

There has been heartache and discouragement, loss and grief. At the same time, and largely due to this spectacular team of St. Luke’s nurses that I am so very proud of, there have been lifesaving miracles, remarkable successes and inspiring leadership. 

Last summer, we welcomed St. Luke’s Chief Nurse Executive Elizabeth Steger. Elizabeth hit the ground running and has spent a great deal of time with all of you, listening to your concerns and responding thoughtfully and sensitively. Given your critical roles and responsibilities, and so as to elevate the clinical voice in our organization, it was important that Elizabeth have a direct line to me, and so that happened this year as well. I am so proud of her and of you; your willingness to step up to challenging times and circumstances, to collaborate and to innovate so we could continue to fulfill our mission on behalf of our neighbors and those in the communities we serve, has been inspiring. 

In the many reports and communications that come across my desk, I see numerous examples every day of St. Luke’s nurses’ boldness on behalf of patients and their families. You are speaking up for safety. You are insisting on quality and the best possible outcomes. You have jumped into our Safety Together work with enthusiasm—and taken it farther, asking how it can be expanded and improved. 

You are supporting each other and being each other’s advocates. You are answering the call for us to continue to build a culture that welcomes all and cares for all—regardless of culture, background and seeming differences—and striving to eliminate inequities having to do with medical treatment, preventive services and so much more. In all of your work, you are looking for ways to improve patient access and ensure affordability. 

Many of you know that my mother was a nurse. She was, in fact, the primary reason I chose a path in health care. She modeled for me at a young age what I see all of you modeling every day: grace, compassion and an unwavering focus on the patient. 

As we continue to move through a very complicated time in health care and for our organization, I know that you will continue to show up with determination, resilience and a passion for the best patient care possible. 

Your strength helps to keep us all going. For all that you do, thank you to St. Luke’s awesome nurses!

Chris Roth
President and CEO

Download Full Copies of Our Nursing Annual Reports


2021 Nursing Annual Report

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

2020 Nursing Annual Report

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the stories in this annual report demonstrate nursing’s continuing contribution to the St. Luke’s mission.

2019 Nursing Annual Report

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

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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.