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  • Congratulations Nurse KLD!!!

    Congratulations on your retirement!

    On behalf of the many thousands of people you have helped over the years, thank you! We are so very fortunate to have you here at CareCure.

    Professional nursing since 1974, primarily in rehabilitation nursing, with a specialty in spinal cord injury rehabilitation and sustaining care as a clinical nurse specialist from 1984-2017. Recruited to open a new VA spinal cord injury center in 1989.

    She is a published author and teaches extensively for both lay and professional groups, including guest lecturing for both local and Brazilian schools of nursing on SCI nursing care. She is a member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, and the American Spinal Injury Association, and an honorary life member of Paralyzed Veterans of America. She serves on the steering committee for the Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine representing ARN. She was selected to be Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year for 2003 by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), was admitted to the SCI Hall of Fame by the National Spinal Cord Injury Association in 2008 in the SCI Educator category, and received the VA Secretary's Award for Excellence (RN-Expanded Role) in 2012.

    Kathy loves to travel the globe, so I'm sure she will be traveling far and wide in the coming years.

    Enjoy Kathy!

  • #2
    Congratulations. You earned it. I hope your retirement is long and enjoyable. Travel far but stay close to CC. You will always be close to our hearts.
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    • #3
      CONGRATS! Hope you stay active online.
      "Never turn your back on fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed." - Hunter Thompson
      T5/6 complete


      • #4
        CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! And Thank You. I hope you enjoy every minute of it.....


        • #5
          Blessings and best wishes to you in all that you do. Thank you for everything you've done in your physical plane work, and for this cybercommunity.
          MS with cervical and thoracic cord lesions


          • #6
            Congrats, KLD, and Thank you. I hope you have a restful, relaxing retirement!


            • #7
              Best wishes on your retirement, KLD! Thank you so much for all you have done for so many.


              • #8
                Congratulations on your retirement! Thank you for all your time and great information.


                • #9
                  Congratulations KLD!

                  Thank you for sharing your extensive knowledge and expertise with all of us on CC.
                  Wishing you all the best in this new chapter of life.


                  • #10
                    Extremely well deserved! You must stay here though, lol. We need you!!!
                    Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

                    T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12


                    • #11
                      whoa, Hall of Fame?! amazing! best wishes!


                      • #12
                        Very impressive. Well done.

                        Thanks for doing what you do.


                        • #13
                          Your credentials indicate that you are a nurse extraordinaire. You are a one of a kind. God bless.
                          I refuse to tip toe through life, only to arrive safely at death.


                          • #14
                            Dear KLD,

                            I've profoundly respected your well thought out and well researched posts here over the years. You've helped me a lot dealing with new injury from your specific suggestions, but also through the logic, rationality and calmness that you invariably bought to your solutions. So it wasn't just the specific advice, but also the way of thinking - of doing research, or not getting overwhelmed or panicking, of trying to keep a balance - that I found extremely helpful.

                            One characteristic post I remember from some years ago when a poster was asking about some mysterious symptoms that the doctors could not figure out. Anyway, KLD diagnosed a broken leg, which is exactly what it turned out to be.

                            And to be frank, it's awfully rare to see anybody write well on internet message boards!

                            But I'm sad that you are leaving the profession.


                            • #15
                              Moving on to a new phase in my was time. I still intend to be an active moderator, along with the other 3 SCI-Nurses, here for the near future. Once i start to get out-dated in my knowledge of SCI care, I will move on from this too. Thank you for all the kind words. I will miss my colleagues at work, but most of all, by clients, many of whom I have worked with for 30 years or more.

                              The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.