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Nursing Annual Report

Elizabeth Steger
Elizabeth Steger, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE

In 2022, St. Luke’s and its teams moved from a pandemic response back to a more familiar focus on patient care with record volumes. As patient volume increased, so did our teams’ acuity as they stepped up to ensure that patients received needed care.

We have made strides as an organization in both retention and recruitment of nurses. Our nursing workforce is an organizational priority. We have adapted many of our practices based on feedback from our nurses and we will continue to do so. 

It’s been exciting to engage with our newly formed system Shared Governance Care Council. Its members bring diverse perspectives from many areas within the enterprise, and they provide processes and structures to facilitate best practices and better overall patient care. 

Through transformational leadership in 2022, we have seen remarkable innovations to improve safety, support professional development and improve patient experience. We continued to strive for structural empowerment by improving patient fall rates; helping leaders with change management, best practices and fostering engagement; and giving our staff a voice in optimizing workflow. I look forward to further progress as an organization committed to a unified voice in the decisions that affect our staff and the care they deliver.

Some of the distinctions I experience as a St. Luke’s nurse are a commitment to evidence-based practice, a dedication to our patients and a collaborative approach to patient care. I am impressed by the history of nursing at St. Luke’s as well as the opportunity to innovate and redesign a sustainable care-delivery model for the future. St. Luke’s is fortunate to have such high-quality nursing teams throughout our enterprise who are grounded in both their practice and willingness to innovate.

On safety, quality and excellence, we will not compromise. I think you will find the same in this 2022 annual report. I know we will continue to elevate ourselves and each other through new knowledge, innovation and exemplary professional practice.

For 2023, we are committed to narrowing our focus and driving outcomes. We will continue to focus on many of the same nurse-sensitive indicator opportunities identified in 2022. We are growing in our competency with agility and rapid cycle change, and we will innovate together.

A key area of specific focus for us is belonging, and we will embrace one another as colleagues as we listen and learn together. Every voice matters. Let’s go deep this year, together! 

With respect for the work you do,  

Elizabeth Steger, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE 

Senior Vice President, Clinical Practice Integration / Chief Nurse Executive

Six Behavioral Roles of Professional Nursing Practice

Our nurses demonstrate the six professional nursing practice roles through their daily practice:

  • Leader – Advocate for patients/families; provide supervision/leadership to care team members; initiate changes to improve quality of care.
  • Teacher – Teach patients/families how to safely care for themselves within the health care setting and upon discharge.
  • Collaborator – Work with each team member to ensure they receive and provide important information and coordinate the plan of care.
  • Healer – Ensure patients/families receive physical, emotional and spiritual care based on assessment of their needs.
  • Guide – Ensure patients/families understand what to expect and are informed enough to make decisions about their care.
  • Sentry – Continuously assess, monitor and intervene for the patient to prevent complications, promote healing and optimize safe outcomes.
Relationship-Based Care helps transform work environments into cultures where personal responsibility and accountability prevail, healthy relationships flourish, and gratitude is openly expressed.

Health System Nursing Strategic Goals

Our strategic plan maps to St. Luke's four goal domains:
  • Culture
  • Quality, Safety & Outcomes
  • Care Experience
  • Stewardship

System  Demographics

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2022 Nursing Annual Report

In 2022, St. Luke’s and its teams moved from a pandemic response back to a more familiar focus on patient care with record volumes. As patient volume increased, so did our teams’ acuity as they stepped up to ensure that patients received needed care.

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.

Nursing Job Opportunities

Nursing Job Opportunities

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.