Wednesday, October 22, 2014

RN honoured for ‘walking the talk’

Local RN Kim McMahon of the Fort Frances Hemodialysis Unit recently was honoured with a “Walk the Talk” Individual Award from the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.
It gives out “Walk the Talk” awards each year in a number of categories to acknowledge and reward physicians and staff members who go above and beyond the call of duty in their job.

The Individual Award is for “an individual who inspires other employees to act in a positive and courteous manner toward patients, families, volunteers, and fellow employees.”
The recipient also must demonstrate “a commitment to patient care, the team, and the organization, act as a mentor for new employees, demonstrates excellence contributing to the mission, vision, and values, and acts as an ambassador of [the] TBRHSC.”
McMahon said she was surprised to find out she was nominated, then found it “pretty amazing” when she was chosen for the award, which she now keeps at the dialysis unit.
She noted being an RN in the dialysis unit is “one of the best jobs I ever had.”
“My patients, my co-workers—I love my job!” she enthused.
McMahon was nominated by the nursing staff at the hemodialysis unit, including Jane Elliott, Deb Kirk, Ali Milling, Peggy Mason, Shannon Munro, and Patty Hyatt.
“They’re an amazing bunch of girls,” McMahon said of her fellow nurses. “We all work so well together, and they’re very professional.”
The staff at the hemodialysis unit made it crystal clear in their nomination that McMahon was deserving of the award.
“When the satellite hemodialysis unit opened in September, 2001, Kim was one of the original four RNs hired to staff the unit,” they wrote in their nomination letter.
“After training in Thunder Bay for four months, Kim became the cornerstone of the unit, providing exceptional nursing care and leadership to patients, their families, and colleagues.
“Working in a satellite unit requires that nurses are often required to wear many ‘hats’ in order to provide quality, patient-focused care with positive outcomes,” they added.
“This includes excellent communication skills with patients and families, and the interdisciplinary team in Thunder Bay.
“Kim not only excels at providing direct nursing care, but demonstrates a high level of critical thinking and competence with all aspects of dialysis treatment,” they wrote.
Over the past 12 years, McMahon has demonstrated commitment to her work through continuing education—becoming the only staff member in Fort Frances to complete her national certification in nephrology.
She also recently completed the Leadership and Management program through McMaster University in Hamilton, requiring a commitment of personal time and finances.
“The other nursing staff have greatly benefited from her willingness to share her knowledge and expertise in this specialized field,” the staff wrote.
“Whether it is a situation requiring compassion and sensitivity or emergency skills, Kim is the nurse you want to have working beside you,” they noted.
“She treats all patients with respect and dignity, as well as having a wonderful sense of humour and infectious laugh.
“Her compassion and enthusiasm in the dialysis unit provides a positive, caring atmosphere that both patients and peers appreciate,” they added.
“We hope Kim will be recognized for her commitment to TBRHSC satellite hemodialysis program,” the letter continued.
“Her abilities and enthusiasm inspire team and individual growth, and inspire all of us to improve our skills, not only as registered nurses but caring, conscientious individuals,” it noted.

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