Congratulations to Karie Canada, MSN, RN, CPNP, Cardiology, and Kim Squires, MS, RN, CPNP, Nephrology, who were separately awarded the 2021 UW Health Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Award for Excellence in Clinical Service. This high honor recognizes APPs who go above and beyond to assist patients and families and bring positive change through the application of innovation, research, and education in the delivery of exceptional clinical practice.
Canada has worked at UW Health for six years and has become the leading expert for the UW Pediatric Cardiology Interstate Program. This program provides critical home monitoring of infants with congenital heart disease and single ventricular physiology. She also developed a program in which parents can monitor oxygen, food intake, and weight gain through an app for the healthcare team to review. This program has become the standard of care across the country. Canada also serves on the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative and formed a local team to improve patient outcomes locally. Read more about Canada in a new article from UW Health, titled “Coming together for the best plan of action, one tiny heart at a time.”
Squires has been an integral member of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology since 1997. She helped expand the division’s outreach clinics and led the development of the pediatric 24-hour blood pressure monitoring program, which is now a standard of care with pediatric nephrology practices. She also spearheaded a pre-transplant project to ensure appropriate transplant care, and she initiated a quality improvement project to capture missed pneumococcal vaccines in nephrotic syndrome patients with marked increase in vaccinations. Squires is a member of the planning committee on multidisciplinary education within the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, and she is president of the Wisconsin Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.