September 06, 2017
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kim Dixon, RN, has been a driving force behind the success of the Marc A. Asher, MD, Comprehensive Spine Center on The University of Kansas Health System's main campus, and now she's being honored for her efforts.
Dixon has received the health system's DAISY Nurse Leader award. She is the second recipient for the recognition, which debuted last November.
The award, which will be given twice a year at our organization, was created to honor nursing executives and managers who, while typically not providing direct patient care, "strongly create an environment of compassion and recognition for others ... who role-model caring behaviors," according to the DAISY Foundation.
"These leaders provide a setting where compassion is valued, and staff, in turn, treat patients and their families with deep humanity."
Dixon joined the health system in September 2008 and oversaw the opening of the spine center in June 2009. She also manages the IV therapy and infusion center.
Dixon's advice for being a good manager? "Engage your staff," she said. "Find out their professional interests and what's important to them, and then build on those strengths."