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Atlanta Russell named DAISY Award recipient

Posted on August 21, 2018

DAISY - Atlanta Russell


Often during difficult times, a light of inspiration can shine bright and make an important difference in someones life.

For Atlanta Russell, this inspiration was a nurse at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System nearly 10 years ago.

After Russell’s grandmother had a massive stroke, she said this nurse went above and beyond to make her final moments as peaceful as possible.

“The nurse sung to her, prayed with her, and went above and beyond in her care,” she said. “After that day, I knew I was destined to be a nurse. I wanted to be a nurse at the same hospital that my grandmother died.”

Russell, BSN, RN, has now been at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, a member of Covenant Health, since January of 2016. She is a floor and charge nurse on 3-North.

“I chose to work for MHHS because I wanted to make an impact in my community,” she said.

Russell was born and raised in Grainger County. She graduated from Walters State Community College’s Pharmacy Technician Program and received her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. She earned her Bachelor’s in Science Nursing from King University in 2017 and is currently working towards her Master’s of Science in Nursing at King, specializing to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

“My ultimate goal for working at MHHS is to become a Nurse Practitioner in the infusion center or in internal medicine,” she said.

Russell thanked her her family for all of the support throughout her career.

“My mom and dad have always supported me,” she said. “I want to extend my love to Zach and our children, Dallas and Sydney, for understanding what this job requires. Every sacrifice I make is for them.”

The Daisy Award was created in 1999 in honor of the late J. Patrick Barnes, who at the age of 33, was diagnosed with the auto-immune disease ITP (idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura). Barnes and his wife, Tena, had just had their first child two months before he became sick. Barnes’ family wanted to honor the kindness and compassion exhibited by the hospital nurses toward the entire family. Now in over 3,000 healthcare facilities in all 50 states and 17 other countries, nurses are presented DAISY awards.

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