The Texas Nurses Association, Districts 3 and 4, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Nurse Executives have selected Huguley nurse Katherine Connor, RN, BSN, CCRN, as a 2008 Great 100 nurse. This distinction honors 100 registered nurses from the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex who have made a significant difference to the profession of nursing and in the lives of patients, peers, and the community-at-large.
A resident of Rio Vista, Mrs. Connor works at Huguley Memorial Medical Center as a cardiovascular intensive care unit (ICU) charge nurse and ICU nurse educator. She heads the hospital’s ICU internship program, and she is a nurse preceptor who trains and tracks the progress of new nursing graduates in their three-month training session. She also rolls out new corporate and hospital patient care and safety initiatives.
Before joining Huguley, Mrs. Connor lived in East Texas, where she began a program in two hospitals to use therapy animals to motivate and improve patient’s therapy. She has taken her therapy animals to hospitals, rehab centers, schools, prisons, hospices, nursing homes and a child psychiatric facility.
For 11 years, she has spoken at the American Association of Critical-care Nurses annual convention about the role of animal-assisted therapy in reaching specific rehabilitative goals. She has been a presenter at other meetings and conferences. She has been published in nursing journals including Critical Care, American Journal of Nursing and Nursing Management.
“Katherine’s first priority is giving excellent care to our patients and their families,” said Kathleen Atwell, RN, education coordinator for Huguley Memorial Medical Center. “In addition, she trains other nurses, so that her expertise improves the lives of many. Katherine demonstrates a strong compassion for all living things and a desire to help others. She is truly a great nurse.”
Mrs. Connor has been a registered nurse for twenty years. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a certified critical care registered nurse.