My mom was a patient at Marion Manor in South Boston from November 2, 2012 until her death on December 10, 2012 after suffering a traumatic fall. I am writing to nominate her nurse, Dawn Krueger, RN, for the exemplary care she provided the last five weeks of my mother’s life. Words cannot begin to express my gratitude for all that Dawn did to provide my mother with rehabilitation, comfort, and ultimately peace and dignity in her dying hours. Several of our family members are nurses, and we hope that we bring the same level of care and kindness to our patients. Dawn provided my mom with empathetic care the last month of her life, knowing when to push her with more rehabilitation or encourage her to participate in games of Bingo with her smile, encouraging words, and good will. She readied her for mass in the daily chapel, which was very important to my mother. Balancing sedation and pain management in an elderly person can be difficult. The way Dawn did this was remarkable, carefully assessing each medication and the effects it had on my mother’s mental status and her ability to sleep or participate in activities. She was our mother’s angel. In the final day of my mother’s life, Dawn’s sound judgment of sedation and comfort management allowed my mother to leave this world in comfort with dignity and grace.
—Nominated by Ann Slater