December 2012 Associate of the Month
Kathleen Deschaine, RNC
Kathy Deschaine, RNC, was born in Abington and grew up in Hatboro. After graduating from Upper Moreland High School, she attended Holy Family University, where she earned her Bachelor's of Nursing degree.
Kathy started working in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. She says she always wanted to be a nurse and to take care of babies. Her older sister is also a nurse. Kathy then went to the NICU at Abington Memorial before moving to Austin, Texas with husband, Scott, because of his work. They lived in Texas for about four years, but Kathy longed to return to this area to be closer to her family. She and Scott moved to Doylestown and she started working at Doylestown Hospital in 1997.
About 1,300 babies are born every year at Doylestown Hospital. Kathy works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery (ICN), which offers level 2 neonatal intensive care for infants who require additional care due to prematurity or illness.
Kathy also cares for babies in the well nursery. She works the night shift. "Babies don't have a sleep schedule," she says. "We're busy all night." For Kathy, caring for these special babies is very rewarding. "When you care for the babies, you know you're helping not just the babies, but also the parents during what could be one of the hardest times of their lives."
Even though the hospital has grown over the years, it still maintains a tight-knit community atmosphere, says Kathy. "My co-workers are so wonderful. This is the most caring hospital I've ever worked at."
Kathy also teaches neonatal resuscitation and is a certified CPR instructor. She has also taken on Hearing Screening Program data management and submission to the state. She tracks all the babies who have been born at Doylestown Hospital to be sure they have had an initial hearing screen, and those that require a follow up screening. Kathy also teaches associates how to perform the hearing screens. She is involved in department education and volunteers to assist with the yearly Skillathon and review of policies and procedures.
According to Director of Maternal-Child Services Kathy Donahue, "Kathy demonstrates the SERVE values daily. She is dedicated to her patients and her co-workers. She will always come in if we need an extra hand. She is always happy and positive. Kathy gives excellent patient care to her little patients in the ICN and always includes the families. Kathy is also very supportive to her co-workers. She instinctively knows when someone needs help. Kathy is proactive and will make suggestions related to nursing care or processes on the unit. She is always willing to learn something new and then teach someone else. Kathy is a very special person and very deserving of this recognition."
Kathy and Scott have three children: Bernadette, 18, Thomas, 15, and William, 11. Thomas is a teen volunteer in Patient Transport. Kathy enjoys jogging with her husband, hiking, the outdoors and nature. She also likes to read.
Congratulations to an exceptional Associate!