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System Leadership Leading by Example with Certification

Specialty certification is important for all leaders and valuable to St. Luke’s Health System (SLHS). In a survey deployed to leaders across the Treasure Valley, 40% of respondents did not hold any type of professional certification. Many leaders (50%) reported the desire to obtain certification but identified concerns and barriers such as cost, lack of resources, lack of support and uncertainty about which exam to take. Of all survey respondents, 80% indicated a leadership certification would be most beneficial.

Dr. Teresa Stanfill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, RNC-OB, Director of Professional Nursing Practice, Center for Nursing Excellence, identified which barriers could be mitigated (lack of resources, cost, uncertainty which exam is best, etc.) to assist leaders in earning certification. Working with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Dr. Stanfill coordinated a system-wide, two-day review course in March 2016 for the Nurse Executive/Nurse Executive Advanced certification exam. The review course was attended by 48 nursing leaders with all sites represented.

With the support of Dr. Diana Meyer, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CCRN-K, FAEN, Senior Director, Center for Nursing Excellence, and System CNO/VP of Patient Care Services, Cy Gearhard, MN, RN, NEA-BC, a contract was established with ANCC to pilot the Success Pays program. This innovative program allowed leaders to take the certification exam at a reduced rate and offered an opportunity to retest (if needed) at no additional cost. In addition, a partnership with Human Resources provided leaders assistance with accessing St. Luke’s certification prepayment program to ensure no out-of-pocket costs. The program was well utilized and has demonstrated great returns. As of December 2016, 30 of 44 leaders still involved with the program have successfully completed their leadership certification exam, and others are in various stages of application, awaiting confirmation or awaiting a test date.

Congratulations to our leadership team for role-modeling importance of professional certification!

Leadership Participation in Success Pays Certification Program

  • Katy Alexander, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Admin Supervisor, Nursing Admin: Treasure Valley
  • Connie Belcher, BSN, RN, Admin Supervisor, Nursing Admin: Treasure Valley
  • Angela Brady, BSN, RN, CEN, Director ED: Wood River
  • Sharon Chow, MSN, RN, CPEN, Director Nursing/Pt Care, Pediatrics: Boise
  • Deb Compton, MSN, RN, CCRN, NEA-BC, Director Nursing/Pt Care, ICU: Meridian
  • Reuben DeKastle, BSN, MSHA, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, Interim CEO, Admin Director Pt Care Services/CNO: Weiser
  • Jessicia Emory, MSN/Ed, MHA, RN, NEABC, Interim Director Med/Surg 6E: Boise
  • Melissa Fenderson, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Director MSTI Site Admin: Magic Valley
  • Geralita Fox, BSN, RN, Admin Supervisor, Nursing Admin • Treasure Valley
  • Chanette Fretwell, MSN, RN, Manager Education: SLHS
  • Cynthia Gearhard, MN, RN, NEA-BC, System CNO/VP of Pt Care Services: SLHS
  • Teresa Hall, BSN, MHA, RN, CEN, NEA-BC, Senior Director Ambulatory Centers: Nampa
  • Michelle Harris, BSN, MBA, RN, CNOR, NE-BC, Surgical Services Manager: McCall
  • Beth Hirst, MSN, RN, RNC-NIC, NEA-BC, Director Women’s and Children’s: Meridian
  • Becca Humphreys, MSN, MBA, RN, ONC, Director Service Line/Ortho, Ortho Neuro MSO Support: Treasure Valley
  • Kayla Ingram, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Director Nursing/Pt Care, Med/Surg: Meridian
  • Shelly Jensen, BSN, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Director Nursing/Pt Care: Magic Valley
  • Liz Jorgensen, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Director Nursing/Pt Care, Tele 7E: Boise
  • David Kent, BSN, RN, Director Nursing/Pt Care, Med/Surg Oncology: Boise
  • Mujesira Kljucanin, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Admin Supervisor Clinical Support: Magic Valley 
  • Debbie Larson, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Manager Clinical Education: SLHS
  • Brian Lee, BSN, RN, CNOR, Director Surgical Services: Wood River
  • Valerie Leonard, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Director Nursing/Pt Care: Magic Valley
  • Lisa Levernier, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CPN, Director Nursing/Pt Care, PICU: Boise
  • Paula Lewis, BSN, MBA, RN, RN-C, Manager Education: SLHS
  • Christine Ludlum, DHA, MSN, RN, Boise CNO: Boise
  • Traci McGregor, BSN, RN, CEN, BC-NE, Director ED: Boise
  • Nancy McQuiston, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Admin Supervisor, Nursing Admin: Treasure Valley
  • Cindy Mosier, MSN, RN, Senior Director Nursing/Pt Care: McCall
  • Kimberly Osborne, BSN, RN, CAPA, NE-BC, Senior Manager PAT & POHA: Boise
  • Rene Pallotti, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, Meridian CNO: Meridian 
  • Joanna Phillips, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Director Med/Surg Nursing: Boise
  • Debra Rio, MSN, BBA, RN, CCRN-K, NEA-BC, Director Nursing/Pt Care, Tele: Meridian
  • Erin Roth, MSN, RN, CHFN, Director Senior Heart/Vascular: Boise
  • Brienne Sandow, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, RNC-OB, Director Clinical Support Unit: Boise
  • Amy Savage, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Director Nursing/Pt Care, Clinical Support: Magic Valley
  • Anna Sensenig, BSN, MBA, RN, NE-BC, Manager Nursing, Pt Access Admin: SLHS
  • Janet Simmons, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Admin Supervisor, Clinical Support: Magic Valley
  • Pam Springer, PhD, RN, ANEF, NEA-BC, CNE, Director Clinical Learning Services: SLHS
  • Teresa Stanfill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, RNC-OB, Director Professional Nursing Practice, Center for Nursing Excellence: Treasure Valley
  • Leslie Thomason, MSN, RN, CAPA, NEA-BC, Senior Manager PACU: Boise
  • Kendra Tietz, MSN, RN, Manager Home Care/Hospice, MSTI: MSTI
  • Cathy Wolf, BSN, MS, CCM, CPHQ, CIC, Director Interim Quality & Pt Safety: Wood River
  • Erica Yager, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Supervisor Nursing, Med/Surg 6E: Boise

Download Full Copies of Our Nursing Annual Reports


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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