Kathy Gubin is named Nurse of the Year for 2022 by the local American Legion.
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Kathy Gubin, Palliative Care RN, was recently chosen as Nurse of the Year by the local American Legion.
Commander Ron Krogman presented Kathy the award last week.
“We asked various places to submit nominations for Nurse of the Year in Aberdeen and we got an outstanding candidate in Kathy,” Krogman said. “It sounds like she’s got a tough job… and she does an admirable job.”
As the palliative care nurse, Kathy often assists patients and families with difficult conversations and decisions relating to symptom management, advanced directives, treatment choices and care at the time of death. As her nomination reads, “Kathy does all of this very gracefully, time and time again. She meets patients and families wherever they are in the process and supports them unconditionally.”
During COVID, Kathy worked to ensure that patients and families made it through difficult times, and that end of life goals were carried out with dignity and respect.
She was at the bedside to provide comfort to the patients and mourn with the families. Kathy also remembered to celebrate those patients that beat the odds as she organized hallway cheering celebrations when patients were discharged, the nomination reads.
Kathy has also been instrumental in being a listening ear and a resource for her colleagues.
Kathy has been a registered nurse for 26 years at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital. She has served as the Palliative Care RN for the last 15 years. She meets the needs of inpatients in the Intensive Care Unit, consults with outpatients in the Emergency Department or Avera Cancer Institute as needed, and meets with nursing home residents and their families to ensure their goals of care are met as health statuses change.
This is the first year the American Legion has given this award. The Legion also gives a Law Officer of the Year and a Hero of the Year Award. Kathy’s nomination will also be sent to the state level, Krogman said.
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