McLaren Greater Lansing Nurse Manager Kathy Dekker was honored with the DAISY Foundation’s Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the program to recognize the exceptional care nurses provide every day. Dekker was praised for her outstanding care of a patient that was nearing the end of their life.
“Kathy develops relationships with her patients during her daily rounding. She developed a strong bond with one patient during a lengthy stay. In the end, the patient decided to go to hospice. Kathy spent many days with the patient explaining to both the patient and family what to expect. On the patient’s final day here on Earth (a Saturday) she requested to see Kathy. She came in on her day off and spent a few hours sitting with the patient and her family. She made both the patient and her family feel comfortable and at ease during a very difficult time,” said a fellow nurse manager whom nominated Dekker.