National Patient Safety Foundation DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses 2017 Honorees Announced

Team Kalynn from left, Lan Vuong, Yuhan Mao,
Sherry Xu, and Chelsea Stone

There are so many inspiring stories of skilled and compassionate nurses making a difference every day.

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and the DAISY Foundation have announced the recipients of the 2017 National Patient Safety Foundation DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Nurses. Peggy Kattenberg, BSN, RN, CMSRN, of Penrose–St. Francis Health Services in Colorado, was chosen to receive the individual award. The 2017 team award will go to the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, part of UCLA Health.

The awards will be conferred during the 19th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress, which takes place May 17-19, 2017, in Orlando, FL.

This award program derives from the DAISY Foundation’s signature program, The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The DAISY Award is given to nurses in more than 2,600 health care facilities in all 50 states and in 14 other countries. Nurses who received The DAISY Award within their organizations between January 2015 and June 2016 were eligible for the 2017 international award, which places special emphasis on patient and workforce safety.

“We consider this partnership with The DAISY Foundation to be very special because it provides a way to recognize and honor the nursing profession and exceptional contributions to patient safety,” said Patricia McGaffigan, RN, MS, CPPS, senior vice president and chief operating officer, NPSF. “We congratulate all of this year’s nominees for their dedication to their patients and to providing safe health care.”

Ms. Kattenberg is known at Penrose–St. Francis for her passion for nursing, education, and advocating for her patients. She is being honored in part for an initiative she led into risks associated with nurse interruptions during medication administration.

“Peggy designed a study in which she discovered the astounding number of phone calls nurses receive during specific times when medications are administered on the floor. Her goal was to find a way to decrease the amount of distractions nurses incur during medication administration,” said Cynthia Latney, MSN, BSN, chief nursing officer at Penrose–St. Francis. “The study ultimately led to practices that now prohibit nurses from being interrupted when they are in the medication room.”

The Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center was chosen to receive the team award for Team Kalynn, a patient-centered effort to optimize the safety and quality of care provided to a young woman who spent 11 months in the MICU awaiting a lung transplant.

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