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Katherine Arnold, Quarterly Spirit of Excellence, Morganfield

Katherine Arnold, Quarterly Spirit of Excellence, Morganfield

Katherine “Katie” Arnold, RN, BSN, Medical/Surgical Nursing, began her career with Methodist Health in Morganfield on May 17, 2010 as a Nurse Extern. She received her RN license in 2011, became a Certified Medical/Surgical nurse in 2013 and went on to earn her BSN degree in December 2014.

A native of Union County, she is proud to serve the community she lives and works in. The favorite part of her job is taking care of her patients, many of whom she has known for years. “I really like working at our small Hospital,” she said. “I know everyone by name and wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.”

She and her husband, Luke, are the parents of a four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son, with another on the way in August. Despite having a “full plate” at home, she juggles her responsibilities well.

Noting she has always wanted to be a nurse since age five, Arnold takes care of patients of all ages and with a variety of medical conditions. “My youngest patient has been nine months; the oldest was 103,” she said. “Our 25-bed Hospital can be populated with patients needing acute care or observation to those on the Swing Bed unit. It’s especially nice to see patients recover and be able to return home after a stay there.”

Besides her regular duties, Arnold has taken a leadership role in initiating the Project RED (Re-Engineering Discharge) program at the Morganfield facility, designed to help educate patients with pneumonia, congestive heart failure and others at high risk in an effort to reduce readmissions.

Comments from her nominator:
She goes out of her way to make sure the needs of her patients are met. She spends extra time going over new medications and/or diagnosis with her patients. She slows down no matter how busy she is and provides extra time to comfort patients and/or their family members when they express needs or concerns. She appears positive even when faced with negativity, is always encouraging and explains things in a positive light. She attempts to keep all new information and education for the patient at a level they can easily understand.


ABOUT THE SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE AWARD
The Spirit of Excellence Award recognizes employees within the scope of our organization who have demonstrated superb customer service, positive performance, involvement, respect, initiative and team member. If you received excellent care and/or service from a Methodist Health employee, nominate them for the Spirit of Excellence Award. Nominations can be submitted online at www.methodisthospital.net/SOE.