Within the past year, Lillegraven was instrumental in bringing simulation into the training of staff in preparation for IH-DM's certification as a Stroke Center of Excellence. She is currently facilitating the creation of an advanced practice nursing council, overseeing pain management nursing research, and is responsible for the hospital-acquired condition initiative to decrease patient falls.
Lillegraven's ability to inspire others is summed up by a quote from a staff nurse at IH-DM. "Cheryl's strength is that of teaching other nurses and assisting them in using their own critical thinking skills. She is always willing to assist you in looking at the big picture with the patients. She makes the nurses on the floor be better nurses. The care she provides for the patients is nothing short of excellent."
It was the combination of clinical excellence and elevating the profession as a whole that made Lillegraven stand out to the judges.
"Cheryl's work as a clinical nurse specialist at IH-DM is pioneering, but it's her unwavering commitment to her patients, her peers, and the profession that is most impressive," says Petersen.
Please join me in congratulating this year's winners and thank them for the positive image of nursing they portray.