For an excellent nurse, providing extraordinary care might seem like second nature – as if it was just part of their job. An excellent nurse displays empathic, compassionate care for every patient, no matter the situation or circumstance.
For Christy Turner, BSN, being an excellent nurse is not a task, but a lifestyle she embodies while working in the Emergency Room at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, a member of Covenant Health.
Turner was recently awarded the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, an honor determined by nominations from co-workers, her peers, and patient testimonials.
The Morristown native thanked God for allowing her to be in such a caring profession. “This is my community hospital. I want to help the area I grew up in,” Turner said. “I am very honored to think that my actions can leave an impact on someone’s life.”
Turner said that becoming a nurse was her greatest accomplishment. She graduated from Tennessee Technological University with an LPN degree in 2000, Walters State Community College with an RN degree in 2005, and Walden University with a BSN degree in 2016. She has worked at MHHS for 8 years.
She thanked her mother and father for always supporting her through her career and her husband and daughter for being understanding in what her job entails. “This award is very special to me,” she said. “I always strive to provide excellent care to our patients and to comfort those in their time of need.”
Sonya Johnson, Nurse Manager for the Emergency Department at MHHS, said that Turner is always lifting people around her to be their best. “She is a great nurse who demonstrates pride, compassion and presence in her caring of patients,” Johnson said. “She is a caregiver who truly cares about her patients and advocates for them so they can have the best possible outcomes.”
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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