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Crozer Nurse Kathleen Evans Named a Nightingale Award Winner

Crozer-Chester Medical Center nurse Kathleen Evans, R.N.C., B.S.N., was recently honored with a prestigious Nightingale Award in Clinical Practice from the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania.

The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania is a statewide, non-profit foundation created to help recruit and retain nursing professionals. The Nightingale Award recognizes nurses who provide outstanding patient care and exhibit superior nursing clinical skills and extraordinary compassion.

Evans, a dedicated Labor and Delivery nurse for her entire 33-year career, is known for her commitment to providing excellent patient care. Evans also wrote and published a book on perinatal loss. She donates all of the proceeds of this book to support Touching Lives Ministry, a non-profit organization that she co-founded that focuses on opening and supporting medical clinics for the poor around the world. Since 2001, she has led mission trips to many locations in Africa and Asia, often risking her life to provide medical care to those in need.

Evans always aspired to be a labor and delivery nurse. She says that it was her calling and that she still considers it a privilege to be involved in the birth of a baby. “When a baby is born, it still leaves me speechless after 33 years,” she says. “I was just as speechless when I was named as the Nightingale Award winner. I am extremely humbled to win this award and be honored along side my peers.”

Nancy Bucher, R.N., M.S.N., NEA-BC, Crozer-Keystone vice president and chief nursing officer, says, “Kathi provides outstanding patient care. She develops a plan of care and considers every aspect of the patient’s needs from the time of admission through discharge. She makes sure both parents are dong well and keeps them involved through out the process. On behalf of the entire health system, I extend my congratulations on this much-deserved honor.”

In addition to her dedication as a nurse, Evans has demonstrated a strong commitment to the community.

In 2007, Evans wrote and published a book about perinatal loss, “Our Baby, Our Love, Our Loss” (available online on the Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Borders websites). She also published an article on the subject in Nursing Spectrum, “Turning Tragedy into Triumph.” She has faced her own loss in the past and is passionate about reaching out to families. “Once we lost our baby, I wasn’t sure if I could go back to work and watch these happy families when I had a baby that I would never hold here on earth,” she says.

Through her work with Touching Lives Ministry, Evans focuses on educating women in Third World countries about women’s health, a topic Evans says often goes overlooked in some cultures. She provides OB/GYN care and strives to educate these women about taking proper care of themselves and their babies. This year, her organization opened the first medical clinic in the Lake Victoria region of Kenya, which includes building a permanent facility from the ground up. Evans looks forward to many more years of adding and expanding the medical clinic in Kenya so she can bring health care to others less fortunate.

In 2007, Evans received the Bertram Speare “Spirit of Crozer” award. Presented annually, the award is given to employees who advance Crozer’s mission by reaching “within and beyond” the boundaries of the campus to serve patients, co-workers and communities.

For more information about the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania, visit www.nightingaleawards.org.

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