Emily Kruger Honored with Spring DAISY Award
OB Nurse, Emily Kruger, sensed something wasn’t quite right and thanks to her instincts, a newborn in heart failure was able to receive the essential care she needed. The baby girl’s mother was so thankful for Emily’s intuition, she wanted to make sure she received the recognition she deserved and wrote a beautiful DAISY nomination:
“From the moment I came in for delivery, Emily was very patient, kind and attentive to both myself and my husband. She coached me through my contractions and encouraged me through my delivery.
After our daughter was born, she was checked out by nurses and the on-call pediatrician per normal protocol. Everything was checking out fine and we were all resting comfortably.
Emily came in to do her check on our daughter before she left her shift and noticed something a little odd when she was listening to our daughter’s heartbeat. She heard enough of a difference to seek out another nurse to also come listen.
Our daughter was having heart irregularities when beating hours after birth. Even though she had been checked out by the pediatrician and other nurses, Emily still second guessed what she was hearing.
It ended up that we had to have our daughter transferred to Peoria because she was in heart failure. Had Emily not trusted herself and ignored the possibility that she wasn’t hearing something correctly, our daughter may not be alive today.
She was calm and sympathetic when trying to explain what was going on. We will be forever grateful to her for trusting herself to question what she heard and by bringing it up to someone else and getting another opinion.”
Each of KSB’s Spring DAISY nominees were recognized last week at individual receptions on the 4th Floor Sun Porch and Emily was surprised with the announcement that she was named this year’s DAISY winner.
OB Director, Gwen Strum, shared that Emily is a very worthy recipient of the award. “Emily is a nurse that strives to promote a positive atmosphere for her patients as well as a positive work environment for her team, even amidst the chaos that may surround her. She loves taking the time to connect with her patients and never hesitates to go the extra mile to make a difference.”