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Nurse Shares Successes to Help Others

Katie Rucker 2014 MNU Grad at Olathe Medical Center
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Making Life Better. Nurses Week 2018.

Katie Rucker, BSN, RN, (’14) spends her workday studying infections. As part of Olathe Medical Center’s risk management department, she focuses on sepsis—and she loves it. 


Katie is the quality and outcomes coordinator for Olathe Medical Center. In this position, she gets to help the entire hospital population by studying demographics and processes to continually improve the hospital’s quality of service and patient outcomes. 


“We look at everything from the big picture to minute details,” Katie says. “Through our initiatives, our previously low mortality rate continued to decrease."


Now Katie is being asked to share her findings and process improvements state-wide. She is the only nurse asked to present on sepsis, a systemic infection that can cause organ failure and death, at the 10th annual Summit on Quality in Wichita, Kansas. 


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.5 million people get sepsis each year in the U.S and about 250,000 Americans die from sepsis each year. Katie says sepsis is among one of the top causes of hospital mortality, so sharing Olathe Medical Center’s successful initiatives should help even more patients and their families. 


In an email to Susanna Hart, one of her nursing professors at MNU, Katie thanked her for her support saying, “It means so much to have my MNU community even after graduation.”


MNU is proud of Katie Rucker, BSN, RN and all of our alumni who work to make life better for so many!

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