Meet Mary Kate Abbadessa

mary kate abbadessa, pediatric nurse, Erin's Campaign for Kids Awards2018 Erin’s Campaign for Kids Nursing Award Winner in the category of Pediatric Nurse

One of the two 2018 Erin’s Campaign for Kids Awards in the Pediatric Nurse category, was awarded to Mary Kate Abbadessa, BSN, MSN, a Clinical Nurse Specialist-Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

This award goes to a pediatric nurse who is dedicated to furthering sepsis care and management in his or her facility and the community. Mary Kate’s role as clinical nurse specialist-fellow allows her to promote sepsis care throughout the hospital. Mary Kate serves as the nursing leader for the CHOP Pediatric Sepsis Program, nursing co-chair for the Hospital Sepsis Governance Committee, and nursing lead of the Emergency Department Sepsis Pathway Committee.

In her application for the award, Mary Kate wrote that her position has allowed her to play a vital role in sepsis initiatives, including the launch a pathway to standardize the care of patients with suspected sepsis and assist with the education of nurses on sepsis identification, desired time frames for intervention, and management. She also helped the team design, test, and implement a two-tiered electronic alert that combined nursing EHR data points and face-to-face assessments to identify patients who should be treated with the sepsis pathway.

“I was genuinely surprised, honored and humbled to have been chosen for the Erin’s Campaign for Kids Pediatric Nursing Award, especially considering all the amazing work going on across the country,” Mary Kate said after receiving news of the award. “I am very excited to share the achievements of my incredible team and to have the opportunity to continue to influence and advance the care of pediatric patients with sepsis.”

Mary Kate is now working towards a post-Master’s certificate in the Pediatric Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist program at the University of Pennsylvania. This program will allow her to continue to advance her clinical expertise and expand her knowledge of quality improvement principles, and to lead nursing research efforts.