2013 Nurses of the Year

Katherine Breitenbach, RN, MSN, APN, NP-C from the University of Chicago Medical Center, a resident of Chicago, has been a nursing professional for seven years. She is a Nurse Practitioner in the Leukemia and Bone Marrow Transplant Program at the University of Chicago Medical Center.  She was nominated by two of her colleagues.

1997 LRF Nurse of the Year Carol White wrote:

“There are numerous examples of Kate’s concern for her patients, but one that comes to mind is a situation with a patient who had relapsed and was now in Hospice. His wife had passed away a few years before his diagnosis of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and he didn’t have many close family members. He called Kate late on a Friday afternoon as he was alone and felt the end was near but was too sick to try and reach the Hospice nurse. Kate stayed in her office until well after 9 p.m. when she was sure that the Hospice nurse was there with him at the end of his life. This is just one of many examples of how Kate goes above and beyond, the hallmark of an outstanding hematology nurse.”

Dr. Wendy Stock, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Leukemia Program at the University of Chicago Medical Center submitted:

“With Kate’s help, we have set up a new adolescent and young adult (AYA) hematological malignancy clinic here at the University of Chicago. The AYA population is a uniquely challenging one – young adults are in a transitional time in their lives that makes coping with a diagnosis like leukemia so particularly difficult. Kate’s patient, ‘tuned-in’ warmth and understanding has helped to make our patients feel secure and more compliant. . . . We are beginning to achieve national attention for our model of care and Kate is largely responsible for this successful beginning.”

Kate is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and its Chicago Chapter. She is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.