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Investing in nursing excellence


In 2011, siblings Linnea Bremner, Laurel Seaman, and Larry Leonardson established the Leonardson Family Endowment for Nursing Excellence at Providence St. Peter Foundation. The endowment, named in honor of their parents, Helenmarie and C.S. “Sig” Leonardson, already has begun to bear fruit in the community.

Andrea Jensen was among the first to receive an award from the fund. Andrea is an experienced, well-respected nurse, having a 13-year track record as a registered nurse at St. Peter Hospital, but she aspired to expand her knowledge and expertise further. 

She applied for a Leonardson Family Award to seek state certification as a certified radiology nurse (CRN). 

“The test was very challenging,” Andrea says. “The book I bought to prepare was 1,000 pages long, and I read it twice. The test covers aspects of interventional radiology, including angiography, CT, nuclear medicine and ultrasound. Even with four years of experience as a radiology nurse, and with all my preparation, it was not easy.”

Andrea passed, and now puts what she learned to good use both with patients and with her fellow nurses. She has presented 30 in-service trainings for her colleagues and works with educators at local nursing homes to help train their nursing staff in the management of feeding tubes and abscess drains, as well as chest tubes. She says the “teaching part” of her work is incredibly rewarding. 

“Being educated makes you a better nurse,” Andrea says. “I believe all nurses want to be experts in the care they provide. Learning and studying current, evidence-based approaches to the procedures we do means we can offer the best care to the patients who rely on us.”

As St. Peter Hospital prepared for Magnet recertification, Andrea served as the Radiology Magnet Champion — a nurse leader trained in Magnet recognition goals and objectives.

“Knowledge is power,” Andrea says. “I have learned so much in my current role as a radiology nurse, and I love to share that knowledge with all of the amazing nurses throughout the hospital and community.”    

ANCC Magnet® recognition acknowledges nursing excellence at St. Peter Hospital

Providence St. Peter Hospital was honored to learn that, once again, it has received Magnet® recognition as a part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program®. The program recognizes health care organizations for creating an environment that attracts and retains well‐qualified nurses who deliver care in innovative ways to produce excellent patient outcomes. 

As part of the Magnet community, Providence St. Peter retains its place among the best of the best — being one of just three hospitals in Washington, and one of 375 health care organizations of nearly 6,000 in the nation, to earn the honor. The hospital’s original Magnet designation was awarded in 2010; this re-designation is valid for another four years. 

“We are dedicated to sustaining a nursing culture that encourages engagement, learning and adoption of evidence-based practices,” says Michelle James, Providence Southwest Washington Region’s Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Operations. “The Magnet program, and we at St. Peter Hospital, place an emphasis on professional development and higher education. We believe it helps nurses develop critical thinking and openness to new ideas and new models of care, which ultimately translates into the best possible health care for our patients and community.”