St. Peter’s Horner and Rude Receive DAISY Awards

Horner and Rude

Registered Nurses Kaitland "KD" Horner and Shanda Rude

July 5, 2023

St. Peter’s Health Registered Nurses Kaitland “KD” Horner and Shanda Rude received DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Nurses. DAISY Awardees are selected quarterly from nominations submitted by St. Peter’s patients, their families and fellow colleagues.

Horner has been with St. Peter’s since 2016 and works as an RN on the Pediatric floor. The patient who nominated her said Horner helped calm her fears. “She talked to me about my options and helped calm my fears surrounding my child’s health and helped me figure out the right questions to ask the doctors. She even called to check on me when I ran home.”

The patient who nominated Endoscopy RN Shanda Rude, nominated her for her extreme kindness. “Shanda had a very positive thorough approach to explaining the process that I was about to face. She was by my side and provided extraordinary care that was gentle, genuine and selfless.” Rude has worked at St. Peter’s for a little more than a year.

The DAISY Award was established to honor the super-human work nurses do to care for patients and families every day. The award is presented in collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives. St. Peter’s Health Administration and staff select the winner from those nominated. Recipients receive a certificate and a sculpture called a Healer’s Touch, which is hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.