The Council of Nephrology Nurses and Technicians have established the Carol Mattix Award to honor a home-training dialysis nurse or technician who works tirelessly to improve the lives of kidney patients.
Carol Mattix began her dialysis career in the 1970s when she was hired to help patients, families and providers cope with the high morbidity and mortality with kidney disease during a time period when dialysis access was quickly expanding. As dialysis procedures improved, she gradually moved on to home-training dialysis, and traveled across northeast Indiana visiting patients in their homes. This nurse knew the strong importance of laughter for coping with disease, so every dialysis patient in her unit enjoyed a party for every single holiday. She also strived to provide mental support to patients and families during the “rough periods” of a patient's time on dialysis. Carol was the one holding the patient’s hand and hugging family members during the last days of the patient’s life. She also taught and encouraged other providers to demonstrate empathy and compassion for their patients instead of just sympathy.
The Carol Mattix award will recognize a nurse or dialysis technician for his/her major contributions to the care of dialysis patients. This person must demonstrate efforts to improve the quality of life for people receiving chronic dialysis, and in helping patients and families deal with end-of-life issues. The recipient of the Carol Mattix award will be an individual who has elevated the quality of life for her/his patients through excellence in clinical care and for going above and beyond the call of duty in dedication to their patients. This award is meant to recognize excellence in clinical care and finding novel ways to improve the lives of patients living with kidney disease.
Must be a practicing dialysis nurse or technician in an academic or private practice setting in the U.S. or Canada.
Must provide direct patient care to patients with kidney disease (all stages).
Must be nominated for the award by their peers.
The award will be presented at the President’s Dinner during the NKF Spring Clinical Meetings.