Kephart recognized as DAISY Award winner for persistence and compassion

Congratulations to this month’s DAISY winner, PICU staff nurse Karreen Kephart, BSN, RN. Karreen was nominated by a fellow RN who wrote:

“I am a Neo/Peds Transport/AirCare nurse and complete daily rounds in UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Karreen was assigned an infant with a cardiac defect in the PICU. During my morning rounds, Karreen voiced concern about the patient as he kept having desatting episodes. During my late morning/early afternoon round, I stopped by to see how this patient and Karreen were doing. She continued to voice concern and had discussed obtaining additional peripheral access with the PICU providers since they started a new drip which wouldn’t be compatible with emergency/code meds. Karreen spoke up for her patient and continually voiced concern for additional access and the severity of her patient’s condition. Soon after, Kareen’s patient decompensated and was put on ECMO. This was right before shift change. Since I work 24 hour shifts, I also complete night rounds. At 10:30 p.m., Karreen was still in the PICU. However, she wasn’t taking care of the patient. She was sitting in another room with the patient’s parents. She went beyond her job as a bedside nurse and stayed for hours after her shift was over to provide true patient and family-centered care.

“Although she is always an amazing nurse, her true, genuine character and skills undoubtedly shined and set her apart from all of the other amazing nurses at UI Hospitals & Clinics. I was truly impressed with her poise, persistence, and compassion throughout the entire day and night. UIHC is lucky to have such an amazing nurse who goes above and beyond not only for her patients, but their families as well!”

Find the DAISY Award nomination form on the Recognize Someone page.


  1. You are an inspiration to us all and this is a well deserving award!
    Congratulations and thank you for setting a positive example to us Karreen.

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