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Davison named Therapist of the Year

Dave Pelton, Kathy Davison and Nan Nathenson

Kathy Davison, center, respiratory therapist at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, is the NSRC’s Therapist of the Year for 2013. With her are Madonna colleagues Dave Pelton, Respiratory Therapy Manager, and Nan Nathenson, Respiratory Therapy Educator and NSRC board member.

Kathy Davison was named the Nebraska Therapist of the Year at the NSRC State Conference in May.

Davison was nominated by Nan Nathenson, an NSRC board member and co-worker at Madonna Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln.

“Kathy is not a respiratory manager, director or educator. She is a floor therapist and proud of it,” Nathenson said in her nomination letter. “Kathy willingly works with one of the most difficult-to-manage patient groups: long-term ventilator-dependent patients. She would not consider working anywhere else. Her unit has up to 32 ventilators running at any given time.”

Davison goes “beyond the call of duty” in many ways, Nathenson said. For example, when Davison is in a patient’s room, “she will be singing the patient’s favorite song. And that’s the thing – she knows their favorite song! It is Kathy who can get a patient/resident to go to bingo, go to church or just get out of their room.”

Another example of Davison’s dedication was shown over the Christmas holiday. “Kathy worked on Christmas Eve,” Nathenson said. “A snowstorm was coming, and she knew many staff would not make it to work. So she stayed overnight at the hospital and worked Christmas Day, which wasn’t her shift.”

Nathenson also cited Davison’s standard of care and integrity. “Kathy ensures that she fully understands equipment, process and policy changes. She will tell you that she wants the hands-on experience because that is how she learns the best. Kathy participates in any and every educational event offered her facility, state society and national organization.

“Kathy is on the front lines of patient care day after day, with her clinical strengths and loving heart, giving her patients and colleagues support. . . .You cannot help but smile and be cheered up by her effervescence and positivity.”

Kathy Davison, NSRC 2013 Therapist of the Year
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AARC recruting challenge offers $300 prize

NSRC members have been issued a challenge: Recruit at least one therapist to the AARC.

The names of those who do will be added, along the name of the recruited therapist, to a drawing for $150.00.

Your name will be entered in the drawing each time you recruit another therapist. There’s no limit to the number of members you can recruit, according to President Dave Patterson.

Another prize of $150 will be awarded to the therapist who recruits the most new members. Therefore, two prizes of $150 each will be given away.

In order to be eligible, you must:

  • Recruit a new member to the AARC
  • Send an email to Dave Patterson at with New Member in the Subject line, and the new member’s information in the text.
  • For each new member, you get another entry into the drawing and are one step closer to the “most members” prize.
  • Each new member is also added to the drawing, so is also eligible to win.
  • Only new members are included in this contest. Student membership does not  qualify.

The contest will end coinciding with the AARC contest on October 31, 2013.

All new member submissions will be verified before the entry into the drawing is completed.

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NSRC president featured in AARC video

Dave Patterson, the newly elected president of the NSRC, is featured in a video encouraging respiratory therapists and other professionals to join the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC).

The NSRC is a chartered affiliate of the AARC. Those who join the AARC also automatically become a member of the NSRC.

Obtain a AARC discount voucher by contacting Linda Nelson at 308-882-8623. Her email is

AARC membership video featuring Dave Patterson
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Register online for state conference in May

Those who plan to attend the NSRC’s annual state conference may now register online:

The conference is set for May 15-17 at the Ramada Conference Center in Kearney. Entertainment for the event will include a 10-point pitch tournament (draw names for partner) on Wednesday night. These rules will be used for the tournament.

Stan “The One Man Band” will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight on Thursday night.

Room reservations may be made by calling the Ramada at 308-237-3141.

If you don’t want to register online, please download the registration form (PDF), fill it out, and send it to Joe Rush, Vice President.

Please download the agenda (PDF) to review and print the agenda and list of speakers.

For more information, contact Joe Rush or Jeff Gonzalez, NSRC President.

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NSRC team joins PACT 2013

NSRC members Jane Matsui, Nan Nathenson and Linda Nelson joined other members of the American Association for Respiratory Care for PACT 2013 in Washington DC March 1-12.

PACT 2013 with NSRC
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