For nurses who provide extraordinary care at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, we honor them through The DAISY Award which is an international nurse recognition program that celebrates the compassion and skills nurses bring to patients and families every day. Recently, Catie Shaw received the award and was honored for the month of June.
Catie Shaw is registered nurse (RN) who has worked at MHHS for nearly 13 years. She currently works on 3-South. She chose to work at MHHS because her mom had worked here and she wanted Catie to get a job since she still lived at home. Catie always knew she wanted to be a nurse so she started as a tech in the ER in 2006 and absolutely loved it. She became an LPN in 2012 and went on to become an RN in 2017. She says that going into the LPN program was one the of best things she ever did and suggests it to anyone.
Catie’s inspiration for doing what she does is when she gets to see patients go home after seeing them at their lowest point. It makes those stressful, long days worth it. Her goal in working at MHHS is to learn something new everyday.
Catie’s greatest accomplishment would be her family and career. She wouldn’t be where she was today if it wasn’t for her family, friends, and co-workers. They always believed in her when she didn’t believe in herself.
When asked what the DAISY award meant to her, Catie said that she had failed out of nursing school when she was 21 years old. She thought her world was crashing down and here she is 10 years later getting the DAISY award as an RN. She could not begin to put into words what that meant to her. It meant everything to her.
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.