Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth Endoscopy Nurse Receives National Award|
FORT WORTH, Texas — Kathryn Vance, R.N., endoscopy resource nurse at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth, was selected among gastroenterology (GI) and endoscopy nurses and associates nationwide to receive a special award from the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc.
The 2010 “National Proud to be GI Award” recognizes an individual who exemplifies the qualities noteworthy in the role of the GI nurse or associate based on excellent leadership, communication, teamwork, task management, and mentoring.
“As a department supervisor, Kat works with a wide range of disciplines and skill levels, but makes every member of the team feel valued,” said Katherine Rhodes, infection prevention coordinator, who nominated Vance for the award. “Procedures are handled with military precision, yet her warmth and sense of humor embody compassion.”
Vance, a 25-year nurse with four years of endoscopy experience, helped provide guidance and expertise for the $1.7 million expansion and renovation of the hospital’s endoscopy suite in 2008. Under her nursing leadership, the hospital has introduced two new advanced endoscopic and GI procedures: endobronchial ultrasound, a minimally invasive technique for diagnosing lung cancer; and cryoablation, a method of removing abnormalities in the airway with a reduced risk of complication. Both procedures, which can eliminate a patient’s need for surgery, are unique to Texas Health Southwest.
“I never expected accolades in return for taking good care of our patients,” Vance said of her national award. “To have my work acknowledged this way is heartwarming. Our goal is to provide the safest, most comfortable environment we can provide for our patients. Teamwork and compassion go hand in hand to reach that goal.”
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