September 2013 BRAVO Award
Kim Jablonski, RN
Kim Jablonski, RN, grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and graduated from St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls in Philadelphia. Nursing has been a lifelong passion for Kim, who worked as a candy striper at Frankfurt Hospital when she was 13. She graduated from Frankfurt Hospital School of Nursing and started working at Jefferson University Hospital. For four years she worked in the neuro-surgical unit with stroke patients and then in the neurologic ICU for 10 years. Her experiences there fostered a strong interest in neurology that she maintains today.
After marrying and having three children, Kim worked in the ICU at Holy Redeemer Hospital before joining the ICU at Doylestown Hospital in 2002. “I love critical care,” she says. “And I love neurology. I’ve always liked the brain. I just think it’s what makes us us.” Kim developed a book to help other nurses interpret the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS), which is an assessment tool used to measure the severity of stroke. She enjoys helping to educate the nursing staff on neurological issues, and is an ACLS instructor. Kim also helps with wound care assessments.
Having worked at both large city hospitals and Doylestown, Kim prefers the community hospital environment. “You’re not a number here,” she says. “You receive more personalized care here. For a community hospital, Doylestown is just an excellent hospital.”
According to Terri Long, Director of Critical Care and Cardiology Services: “Kim Jablonski is a role model for the SERVE values. She consistently goes above and beyond as a patient advocate to ensure the needs of her patients and their families are met. She has exceptional critical care skills and knowledge and is recognized as the neuro expert for ICU as well as all DH nurses. She teaches in the critical care and progressive care courses on neuro topics and is an ACLS instructor. Kim serves on the stroke committee and assists in policy revision for neurological topics. She is one of ICU's wound care resource nurses. Kim's dedication to the ICU and DH make her a perfect choice for the September Bravo award!”
Kim and husband, Joe, live in New Britain Township. They have three children: Ian, 20, who wants to be a nurse like his mom; Maura, 17, is a senior at CB West, and Josh, 13, attends Tohickon Middle School. Kim is the “health mom” for the local Girl Scouts and teaches first aid for the Boy Scout’s Eagle merit badge. She enjoys reading and doing activities with her family.
Congratulations to an exceptional Associate!