CLINTON — Mercy Medical Center nurse Kathy Monahan was awarded the quarterly DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
The award, sponsored locally by Hy-Vee Floral, is presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives and is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the efforts nurses perform every day.
She began to work at Mercy Hospital in 1978 and currently serves as a nurse on the Medical/Surgical unit. Through the 35 years as a nurse, she has experienced many changes in the nursing profession and delivery of care. The change from paper documentation to the electronic medical record was among one of the biggest. She recalls other changes ranging from how medication is delivered to patients, how physician-nurse teams care for patients with bedside reporting and how the times have changed from when nurses wore white pressed uniforms and caps.
She was nominated by two individuals. One nominator writes, “Kathy has seen a lot of changes, but one thing has remained the same and even grows with time. That is Kathy’s compassion and love for her patients. She is often the recipient of recognition by her patients in call backs and thank you cards, for they have felt her kindness, calmness and her genuine caring.”
Another nomination wrote the story of her outstanding ability to provide the grace and skill in helping an individual through the death of a family member. When a patient was transferred from CCU with the request that no further life-saving actions be performed, her complete focus was on the patient and her family.
The nominator wrote that “everything stopped” for Kathy and her complete and total focus was on the small family experiencing the end of a life. As Kathy gets to know the patient’s family member, she is graceful and skilled in the conversation and does not leave their side.