Kathleen Flarity, a clinical nurse specialist who works in the emergency department at Memorial Hospital Central, is the winner of the 2012 Nightingale Leadership Luminary Award.
Flarity, an Air Force colonel who has served in the military for 31 years, received the award from the Colorado Nurses Foundation for substantial and enduring nursing leadership.
In 2010, Memorial identified the need for an assessment tool that would help identify patients who are at risk for falling in the emergency department. Flarity conducted research and found that there was no literature nationally or internationally related to falls in emergency departments. She developed an evidence-based, computerized, emergency department fall risk assessment tool. One year after Memorial began using the tool, no falls with significant injury have occurred in the emergency department, the busiest in Colorado.
Flarity is currently serving as commander of the 302nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base.