Kathy Davison was named the Nebraska Therapist of the Year at the NSRC State Conference in May.
Davison was nominated by Nan Nathenson, an NSRC board member and co-worker at Madonna Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln.
"Kathy is not a respiratory manager, director or educator. She is a floor therapist and proud of it," Nathenson said in her nomination letter. "Kathy willingly works with one of the most difficult-to-manage patient groups: long-term ventilator-dependent patients. She would not consider working anywhere else. Her unit has up to 32 ventilators running at any given time."
Davison goes "beyond the call of duty" in many ways, Nathenson said. For example, when Davison is in a patient's room, "she will be singing the patient's favorite song. And that's the thing - she knows their favorite song! It is Kathy who can get a patient/resident to go to bingo, go to church or just get out of their room."
Another example of Davison's dedication was shown over the Christmas holiday. "Kathy worked on Christmas Eve," Nathenson said. "A snowstorm was coming, and she knew many staff would not make it to work. So she stayed overnight at the hospital and worked Christmas Day, which wasn't her shift."
Nathenson also cited Davison's standard of care and integrity. "Kathy ensures that she fully understands equipment, process and policy changes. She will tell you that she wants the hands-on experience because that is how she learns the best. Kathy participates in any and every educational event offered her facility, state society and national organization.
"Kathy is on the front lines of patient care day after day, with her clinical strengths and loving heart, giving her patients and colleagues support. . . .You cannot help but smile and be cheered up by her effervescence and positivity."