Katherine Stokes, School Nurse, holds a B.S. in Nursing. She became a Registered Nurse in 2006. Her experience includes caring for adults on the Medical/Surgical floor and Shock/Trauma ICU at LDS hospital, administering insulin in the school setting at Salt Lake School District, and administrative nursing. The majority of her career has been dedicated to serving children in the Pediatric ICU at Primary Children’s Hospital. There she completed four advanced education modules to become a specialist in caring for children of all ages with cardiac, metabolic, traumatic, and respiratory conditions. She also became a perfusionist, specializing in running a heart lung bypass machine. In her most recent nursing role as Employee Health Coordinator, Katherine introduced many wellness and prevention programs including lunchtime yoga, microbreaks, and podcast style education dedicated to employees sharing their stories and pearls of wisdom on health and wellness at work. She was also pivotal in pandemic planning and response; creating policies, protocols and support for the employees she cared for. Katherine feels nursing is both a science and an art, requiring strong medical expertise alongside emotional intelligence. She practices the art of listening to understand and educating to empower.
Katherine is passionate about advocacy for children and enabling them to live the healthiest lives possible-both mind and body through community and connection. She feels her life’s work is to make each community she touches a little kinder, healthier and happier through volunteering and fundraising. Some of her fondest memories took place helping to feed those experiencing homelessness by rolling burritos with her daughter for the Burrito Project, leading Girl Scout Troop 445, and being part of a small team that raised over $100,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Katherine and her daughter enjoy all things nature, art, food and science related. They often climb, hike and camp along with their two rescue dogs.