For nurses who provide extraordinary care at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, we honor them through The DAISY Award, an international nurse recognition program that celebrates the compassion and skills nurses bring to patients and families every day. Brandy Smith received the DAISY Award for May.
Brandy is a registered nurse who has worked at MHHS for 10 months. She currently works in the Float Pool and gets to experience all departments of the hospital. She chose to work at MHHS because she felt our mission statement aligned with what she believes in when it comes to patient care.
Brandy is from Morristown and says she was inspired to be a nurse because she has a passion for caring for those in need. She started her career by attending Tennessee College of Applied Technology for her LPN license. Shortly after, she attended Walters State for her Associate’s Degree in Nursing. She is currently enrolled in Carson Newman to obtain her Master’s Degree in Nursing.
Her goal for working at MHHS is to learn as much as possible for anyone willing to teach her. She wants to have as much knowledge as she can so she can provide the absolute best care for her patients.
Brandy says her greatest accomplishment is becoming a mother to her daughter who is now three years old. She wanted to show appreciation to her fiancé, Trevor Ball, for always supporting her in everything she does.
When asked what the DAISY Award meant to her, Brandy said, “This award means the world to me. I would have never imagined anyone would notice the care I give. I am just thankful that someone feels that I try to give my best to every patient, every day because that is what I strive to do.”
Each DAISY Award Honoree is recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and receives a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch. If you are interested in nominating a nurse at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System for the DAISY award, please click here to nominate.
The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33, from complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). During his eight-week hospital stay, his family was impressed by the care and compassion his nurses provided, not only to him but to everyone in the family. They created the DAISY Award in Pat’s memory to recognize those nurses who make a big difference in the lives of so many people.