“The nomination was a complete surprise to me,” says Karen Waterhouse, a neuromodulation/epilepsy nurse and clinical coordinator at Royal University Hospital (RUH). “I only found out when a nursing colleague from Toronto emailed me a congratulatory note.”

Karen, along with over 100 other nurses from across the country, were nominated for the Hospital News’ Salute to Nursing Heroes which was published this past week in honour of National Nursing Week.

After reading her nomination, which was submitted by another colleague, it should not be a surprise that her work was recognized as something special:

Karen Waterhouse, a neuromodulation/epilepsy nurse and clinical coordinator at Royal University Hospital was recently nominated as a Nursing Hero.

Karen Waterhouse, a neuromodulation/epilepsy nurse and clinical coordinator at Royal University Hospital was recently nominated as a Nursing Hero.

Karen has worked tirelessly for the last six years running the epilepsy clinic in Saskatoon while taking care of patients implanted with Deep Brain Stimulation devices for Parkinson’s disease, other movement disorders and epilepsy as well as managing patients implanted with programmable pumps for intrathecal drug delivery and patients implanted with spinal cord simulation systems for chronic neuropathic pain. She has very capably picked up the various therapies and learned how to manage programming adjustment to meet individual needs. Her knowledge and expertise for the neuromodulation therapies makes her a special angel for the patients who benefit from these therapies that literally can change a person’s life from severe limitations to normal functions and regain self-confidence to socialize with friends or work again. I salute her for her dedication, patience with demanding patients and ability to stretch her time and energy to manage the neuromodulation clinic and the epilepsy clinic at Royal University Hospital.

“It is a great honour to be nominated and recognized for the work that I do,” says Waterhouse. “It is very rewarding to assist patients and to help improve their quality of life.”

Waterhouse has worked at RUH since graduating in 1992. She has been the Neuromodulation Nurse Coordinator since 2007 and the Epilepsy Nurse Coordinator since 2011. Congratulations on your nomination.

All the nominations can be found on the Hospital News website.