Retired nurse & patient writes, “I have never met a more caring, empathetic, knowledgeable, reassuring nurse than Kelly Vogt”

Retired nurse & patient writes, “I have never met a more caring, empathetic, knowledgeable, reassuring nurse than Kelly Vogt”

A retired nurse writes in with a long letter of thanks to the team who cared for her after an unexpected trip to the ED and admission on HVU (this is just one excerpt, there is more to come). Kelly Vogt was especially instrumental in her care — Kelly cared for her as a whole person, beyond her specific diagnosis, and left this patient feeling re-inspired by her profession. 

Doc2In all my years as a nurse, visiting friends, and teaching at AAMC as an adjunct instructor for a local college, I have never met a more caring, empathetic, knowledgeable, reassuring nurse than Kelly Vogt, RN. She gave me confidence in getting through each day, teaching me about the cardiac meds, sitting and holding my hand as I was teary and scared. The touch, the sensitivity to my raw, scared emotions were far more important than some of the routine nursing care.

Little things like extending the bed so my feet weren’t over the footboard or consolidating my need for a new IV and doing my bloodwork at the same time, something we do in peds. (Luckily as a nurse I knew to ask for that).

She observed, she listened, she was truly the epitome of a special nurse. She had goals set for me every day, and would keep them as positive as she knew how, though I don’t think there is a negative thought in her brain in spite of what outcomes could have been.

Kelly is truly a blessing for any patient who is in her care. With busy assignments she gave four of her patients total bed baths with good time management and making all five of us feel like all her time as ours, and I observed she left on time.

Many staff told me they love following her as they learn so much. I watched her happy to help her peers no matter how busy she was, again always smiling and happy. I love her passion and caring from her heart, every minute she is working. I have never experienced anything like this in all my years in health care. Kelly truly loves being a nurse and exemplifies what nursing is all about. Truly a gem!

2 comments

  1. Posted by Brandy Brown, at Reply

    Yes, Kelly is a nurse’s nurse!!! Way to go Kelly, and everyone else who helped make this patient feel special.

  2. Posted by Robyn Lanasa, at Reply

    As one of Kelly’s friends, nursing school buddies and co-worker in the ER…….I TOTALLY AGREE!!! She is an amazing nurse and has a natural way of connecting with each individual patient as a human being. I have heard fantastic things over the years about “Kelly” in HVU; makes me smile all the time. Plus no matter how busy or crazy we are downstairs you always take time to listen to our report/status on the patient’s we are sending you.
    Thanks for always being so awesome!!
    Robyn Lanasa, RN
    ER-Staff Nurse

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