Beebe Healthcare Presents DAISY Award to Emergency Room Nurse Natasha Merrick, RN

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On a quarterly basis, Beebe Healthcare presents DAISY Awards to nurses who go above and beyond in the delivery of clinical excellence and compassionate care as they are working with patients. Natasha Merrick, RN, was recently announced as the recipient of a DAISY Award based on feedback received from a patient’s spouse, during their visit to Beebe’s South Coastal Emergency Department.

Below is a portion of the nomination letter, summarized and lightly edited for the privacy of the family.

“During this extremely stressful period, an emergency room nurse, Natasha, provided most of my wife’s care. She was professional and compassionate. … She took it upon herself to make sure all of my wife’s needs were met. … She was patient. She kept us informed. She even provided us with food on at least two occasions. While any hospital stay – let alone one in an emergency setting – can be a very stressful experience, Natasha’s care and compassion, coupled with her good humor, made our experience as comfortable as possible. Over the past six weeks, we have encountered many healthcare professionals, but none have shown the level of care demonstrated by Natasha. She is truly unique, and we are hopeful that she is recognized for it.”

DAISY Award winners at Beebe are presented with a certificate and a hand-carved Healer’s Touch sculpture inscribed with the words “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.”

The DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of an autoimmune disease called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired a new way of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and their families.

Patients, families, and staff are encouraged to nominate nurses who demonstrate extraordinary care and service in their day-to-day work for DAISY Awards. To nominate a Beebe nurse for the DAISY Award, please visit www.beebehealthcare.org/forms/daisy-award.

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