Kalen Dusek, RN
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Kalen Dusek, RN, “has a gift to guide the families of critically ill patients to understanding the plan of care,” said Kari Gordon, clinical care coordinator of Trauma/Surgical ICU at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, where Dusek has worked since 2001.
That gift comes from having been in their shoes. Dusek decided to change careers and become a nurse after she and her family struggled to understand her sister's life-threatening medical condition and care.
“I decided I didn't want any other family to go through that,” said Dusek, who now combines the skills from her communications career with medical care. Gordon said patients and families often express gratitude for Dusek's kindness and her expert nursing care, noting her genuine compassion and concern. “Her critical and medical expertise were priceless,” according to a letter from a family whose 92-year-old father was cared for by Dusek. “Her communication skills with us and him were perfect.”