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Outstanding Achievements

Nursing Excellence and Recognition

2020 System Nursing Excellence Awards Winners

Exemplary Professional Practice – Community

Erika Monjaras, BSN, RN, RNC-MNN, Wood River Multi-Specialty Clinic

Exemplary Professional Practice – APRN 

Alli Vander Lugt, NP, Meridian Home Care

Exemplary Professional Practice – Hospital

Jenny Hopkins, BSN, RN, CCRN-K, Magic Valley Clinical Support Unit
Beth Owen, BSN, RN, CCRN, Boise Surgical Intensive Care Unit

Structural Empowerment

Diane Shelton, MSN, RN, CCRN, CMC, Boise Medical Intensive Care Unit

New Knowledge, Innovations & Improvements

Blair Eby, BSN, RN Meridian Emergency Department

Transformational Leadership – New Leader

Kristy Schmidt, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, System Director, Care Experience Center of Excellence Clinic

Transformational Leadership – Experienced Leader

Tera Eskelsen, BSN, RN, CMSRN, NE-BC,Meridian Director, Medical/ Surgical 5th & 6th Floors and Meridian Administrative Supervisors Clinic

Dana Gulbranson Distinguished Nurse

Alicia Young, MSN, MBA, RN, System Ambulatory Chief Nursing Officer

RN Group Recognition

SLHS Obstetrical (OB) Hemorrhage Improvement Team

Claire Beck, DNP, RN, RNC-OB, NPD-BC
Jenny Boone, DNP, RN
Carol Forsberg, BSN, MBA, RN
Wendy Gordon, MSN, RN, RNC-OB C-EFM
Alicia Gorringe, BSN, MHI, RN, CHSE
Sherry Mayson, BSN, RN, OBC-RN, C-EFM
Megan Nelson, MSN, RN, RNC-OB
Shandra Padron, MSN, RN, RNC- OB C-EFM

2020 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. 

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 

DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award 

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 

2020 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.

Yesenia Espinoza, CNA – Nampa Telemetry

Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Fellowship

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.

Nursing Research and EBP Fellows

Mallory Campbell BSN, RN, mentored by Marty Downey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, CHTP/I
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, IBCLC
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

Nursing Research and EBP Senior Fellows 

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 

2020 Publications 

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. 

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: 

  • AWHONN (2020). Prevention of newborn falls/drops in the hospital: AWHONN Practice Brief Number 9. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing 49(5), 500-501. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2020.06.004
  • AWHONN (2020). Prevention of newborn falls/drops in the hospital: AWHONN Practice Brief Number 9. Nursing for Women’s Health 24(5), 383-385. doi: 10.1016/j. nwh.2020.06.003

2020 Presentations 

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. 

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. 

2020 Awards and Congratulations 

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).

2020 Registered Nurse Scholarship and Conference Funds Recipients 

Bledsoe Scholarship
Jessica Bartlett 

Cristler Memorial Endowment
Jamie Wilcox
Stephanie York 

Healthcare Education Endowment
Kortnie McKay 

Leadership Scholarship
Karl Linzmeyer
Rhe Perdue 

Magic Valley & Jerome Nursing Scholarship
Burhan Tahiri 

Nursing Scholarship
Jill Boatman
Brittany Daylong
Debbie Ketchum 

Return to Learn Scholarship
Jake Barfuss
Laura Fry Alison 

Thibault Rural Connections Scholarship
Piper Andrews
Lucas Donaldson
Lexi McClaughry 

Sodexo Scholarship
Madelaine Ryan 

Wright Scholarship
Jake Jarvie
Justin Seashore 

St. Luke’s Foundation Nursing Funds
(Brown Funds, Nursing Education, Sharon Lee)
Rick Bassett
Robyn Beall
Steve Curtis
Andi Esslinger
Tenisha Gallegos
Kelly Graff
Jennifer Graham
Jen Longcor
Diana Meyer
Teresa Soderling
Teresa Stanfill
Ruth Tretter 

Cy Gearhard, MSN, RN, NEABC, retired in January 2021 after 38 years with SLHS. She is a recipient of a DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award.

A Fond Farewell: Words of Thanks and Gratitude from Cy Gearhard

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,

Cy Gearhard

Download Full Copies of Our Nursing Annual Reports


2020 Nursing Annual Report

Despite the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the stories in this annual report demonstrate nursing’s continuing contribution to the St. Luke’s Health System mission, our focus on values and our never-ending emphasis on high-quality nursing care.

2019 Nursing Annual Report

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

2018 Nursing Annual Report

This report highlighted the accomplishments and exemplary outcomes of our talented nurses.

2017 Nursing Annual Report

This report covered nursing initiatives and excellence, including our celebration of our professional practice model: Relationship-Based Care.

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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.