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. Angela Wampler received the DAISY Award for March.
Angie is a registered nurse who has worked at MHHS for almost two years. She currently works as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department. She started her nursing career by graduating from Walters State Community College in 2010. She started off as a CNA and from that point on she knew she wanted to do much more for her patients. “I took nursing one step at a time,” said Angie. “I prayed a lot, studied a lot, and now I’ve followed my dream to become a registered nurse,” she said.
She is originally from Mosheim, TN. She said “Everyone was so nice during my interview and it was a warm feeling to be welcomed into a facility like I was a part of a family. MHHS felt like home to me,” said Angie.
Her greatest accomplishment as a nurse is receiving the Angel Award from a hospital she previously worked at along with now being a Daisy Award recipient. “Becoming a leader and a preceptor for our new nursing staff that are just beginning makes it worth it,” she said.
“If it wasn’t for my family and the support from them continuing to push me to continue forward, I may have never followed my childhood dream of becoming a nurse,” said Angie.
When asked what the DAISY award means to her, Angie says “Words can’t describe the feeling of excitement and joy knowing that I made such a difference in my patient care. I was speechless. This Daisy Award is something I will always treasure for the rest of my life. It’s truly an honor to receive such a special award.”
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.