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Hospitals honor hardworking nurses with DAISY Awards

Several Baptist hospitals recently celebrated some of their nurses, who patients and family members nominated for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Descriptions of some of their great work, in the words of their nominators, are below.

Baptist Memphis

Baptist Memphis

DAISY winner: April White, RN, 5 East/Surgical Oncology Unit

DAISY Award winner-April WhiteApril’s nominator praised her empathy and compassion during the nominator’s hospital stay.

“I witnessed her do things for me that my loved ones wouldn’t do. And she did it with a smile,” April’s nominator wrote. “She completed some things I couldn’t have done. She made my stay here not feel like a hospital stay. I am emotionally indebted to her.”

Her nominator also noted that April showed personal interest, making sure the patient was OK and not in pain.

Baptist Union County

Baptist Union County

DAISY winner: Pam Butler, RN, 2 Main

DAISY Award winner-Pam ButlerSeveral patients nominated Pam for her compassion and kindness.

“Pam treated me like a family member,” wrote one patient. Another commented that Pam always came into the room with a smile on her face and is “the kind of nurse that all patients deserve.”

Baptist DeSoto

Baptist DeSoto

DAISY winners:
Jackie Haven, RN, ICU
Latrinia Payne, RN, Rehab
Candace Reynolds, RN, ICU/Stepdown
Taylor Inglish, RN, ICU

Jackie, a Baptist College of Health Sciences alum, was nominated by one of her patients for going the extra mile to make sure her hospital stay was comfortable and easy. After the patient lost one of her belongings, Jackie went out of her way to relocate the item and return it to her.

“This example just goes to show how much she cares about the people she takes care of,” said Jackie’s nominator. “I’m so blessed to have met such a positive person like her; I will never forget her.”

Latrinia was recognized for her generosity and around-the-clock thoughtfulness. She was completing her shift when she began speaking with a woman whose mother was in the ICU.

“As I approached the register to pay for my food, the cashier said that Ms. Payne had paid for my meal already. She explained that she knew I had a rough day, but she wanted to do this for me,” said the nominator. “I couldn’t believe this great act of kindness. She had no direct contact with my mother’s care, yet she still managed to impact my life in such a meaningful way.”

Candace was nominated by a patient’s family for her kindness and compassion during a difficult time in their lives.

“During my husband’s last days, Candace was not only concerned for his comfort and welfare but also our family’s,” said the patient’s wife. “She was very kind, comforting, and caring and always there if we had a question or concern.”

After the patient was moved to another floor for hospice care, Candace was still there for the family every step of the way.
Taylor’s nominator was the son of a patient who appreciated the special connection she formed with him and his family.

“From my experiences with hospitals and people within the medical profession, Taylor definitely went above and beyond my expectations,” her nominator wrote. “I would definitely want Taylor on any team caring for me and/or my love ones.”

According to her nominator, Taylor demonstrated the key requirements of a good leader and employee, including a real passion for what she does and a genuine caring of others.

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