Wednesday, December 10, 2008

St. Luke's nurses garner awards

Express Staff Writer

The Idaho Chapter of March of Dimes and Idaho Nursing have named three nurses from St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center among the recipients of the 2008 Nursing Excellence Awards.

The recipients received their awards at a presentation on Nov. 15 in Boise.

The award was designed to recognize the work of nurses whose leadership and contributions make a significant impact in their community.

Registered nurse Suzanne Miller, who has been with St. Luke's since 2004, works in clinical education. She was recognized for her positive energy and for being an inspiration to her coworkers and patients. Miller serves in a preceptor role, providing training to new nursing graduates. She was also nominated for chairperson of the Inaugural Nursing Education Council.

Registered nurse Catherine Royston, an employee of St. Luke's since 2006, works in the post-anesthesia care unit. She is a leader among the staff nurses of the hospital and was recognized for excellent documentation and communication skills. She is frequently mentioned in patient surveys as "a nurse who has made a difference," a press release said.

Registered nurse Cherie Shardlow, who also works in the post-anesthesia care unit, was recognized as a role model who provides outstanding patient care. A 13-year employee of St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center, she is a respected leader among staff and administration, the press release states.

The three nurses were nominated by their manager and supported by the hospital's chief nursing officer, Sharon Kensinge. The finalists were then chosen by March of Dimes.

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