The New Knowledge, Improvement and Innovation Nursing Excellence Award recognizes the professional nurse who is educated about evidence-based practice and research, appropriately explores the safest and best practices for their patients and practice environment and generates new knowledge.
The 2016 New Knowledge, Improvement and Innovation Nursing Excellence Award is given to Kathryn Reed. Kathryn's nominators commented, "Katy embraced her role as nurse and patient advocate with excitement. She has demonstrated to her colleagues how, through the application of best practices, each and every one of us can positively impact patient care."
Kathryn obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Indiana in 2014, and she plans to sit for her Critical Care Certification in the near future. She joined St. Mary's in 2010 as a Patient Care Technician on 6 West Renal/Diabetic Unit, Mother/Baby/GYN and the NICU. Upon graduation from nursing school, she transitioned to the Intensive Care Unit. Kathryn is very involved in councils within the hospital, including Chair of the Quality and Patient Safety Shared Governance Council and is a member of the Nursing Alliance Council and the Critical Care Service Line Council. She is involved in unit performance improvement projects, such as the Patient Flow Project, head and educator of the Restraint Reduction Process and recently presented for the Magnet Surveyors. She also serves on a multi-hospital research study regarding missed nursing care.
Kathryn is one of many that lead the way at St. Mary's in the Critical Care areas to help improve the quality of care provided to the patients. She is constantly seeking out educational opportunities when presented and will find the best evidence-based research to encourage excellence in nursing care. Her nominator commented, "Kathryn is supportive of her colleagues and recognizes each of them for their contribution to great patient care. She actively encourages others to participate and grow in their own professional development."