2021 AWARD WINNERS
BSN, RN, CCRN
Clinical Nurse III
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit DMP 7 East
Duke University Hospital
DNP, NP-C, AACC, FAANP
Katie is known for a willingness to learn and the ability to adapt in high-pressure situations. She embraces change and is willing to take on new practices and lead the way for others, creating new monitoring policies and training others to roll out this new practice. Katie’s hard work and dedication to her craft allow her to make a difference throughout her department every day. She has a huge amount of knowledge and experience, which puts patients and families completely at ease, knowing that they are being given the best care possible. Katie is an irreplaceable asset to her team and her patients.
She is a great role model to others and treats everyone with kindness and respect. She never has a bad word for anyone, and is always smiling even when things get tough. She supports both her peers and leadership by having a positive attitude and making everyone on the team feel valued.
She is working toward her CNIII and is active on the board of the local American Association of Critical-Care Nurses chapter. She is also a member of the Unit Monitoring Committee, carrying out audits and training staff to ensure the safe care of our patients. She also helps to organize social events for the staff, to help with team-building and ensure that new staff feel integrated into the team. This is an important aspect for team morale and resiliency. She has also cross-trained in dialysis, which allows her to bring these skills to our unit and support CICU nurses with this added knowledge and expertise.
She embraces change, and is willing to take on new practices and lead the way for others. She was involved in the new monitoring policy and helped train others rolling it out across the unit, helping others and supporting them with the changes.
As a charge nurse on the unit, she collaborates with the multidisciplinary team to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the unit. She always remains calm, supporting the team with her quiet confidence. One day whilst she was in charge, three patients started decompensating at the same time and one of them coded. Throughout this, she was able to direct the team, ensure the patients were getting what they needed, and support the nurses whilst making sure everyone was OK. This is just one example of how she makes a difference very day.
She is always present for her patients, giving them her full attention and care. She supports their families through difficult times and guides them when needed. She has a huge amount of knowledge and experience, which puts patients and families completely at ease knowing that they are being given the best care possible.
She is one of the best nurses I have had the honor of working alongside, and I have been a nurse for 30 years! She is caring, kind, supportive, knowledgeable, a teacher, nurturer, and one of the nicest people I have met. She is such a pleasure to work with and really deserves to be recognized for what she does for our patients, their loved ones and our team.