Kudos: Four PeaceHealth nurses win top regional awards

Four nurses from PeaceHealth St. Joseph will be honored with awards from the Northwest organization of Nurse Executives at an award ceremony in Seattle on May 14.

The nonprofit nursing leadership group presents 15 awards annually, and a press release from the hospital said PeaceHealth taking home four of the awards is unprecedented.

Here are the awards and winners:

Authentic Leader – Karin Luce, manager of the hospital’s medical care unit. Luce has 40 years of experience as a registered nurse and has managed PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s medical care unit for the last 10 years.

Emerging Nurse Leader – Michelle Dear, assistant nurse manager. Dear is the assistant nurse manager for the hospital’s medical, surgical, and pediatric units. She has provided health care in India, Egypt and England

Transformational Pioneer – Karla Hall, palliative care program coordinator. Hall has served leadership roles in case management, care coordination, care transitionsm and the development of PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s palliative care program.

Leadership excellence in a frontline clinician – Lindsay Larson, nurse team leader. Larsen earned her nurse practitioner credential in 2005 and her registered nurse degree in 2009. She’s currently in Gonzaga University’s Masters of Science in Nursing graduate program for health systems leadership.

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