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. Lexi Elkins received the DAISY Award for January.
Lexi is a registered nurse who has worked at MHHS for three years. She works as a Registered Nurse in Labor and Delivery. She started her nursing career by obtaining her Associates Degree in Nursing at Walters State Community College. She is currently in school at Tennessee Wesleyan and will graduate with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in April.
Lexi is originally from Morristown and chose to work at MHHS because she loves her community. “Caring for those in my area has always been something I dreamed of,” says Lexi. Her goal while working at MHHS is to never stop learning while providing the best care to her community.” She says her inspiration for being nurse is the feeling she gets from watching the first breath of life. “It’s a beautiful work of God and I am so happy I get to be a small part of it.”
Her greatest accomplishment is knowing that she can impact the lives of others while caring for moms and babies. She would like to recognize her husband, Jacob Elkins, for reminding her of her purpose. “I would also like to thank my supportive mother, Tammy Johnson, for being the example of love I wish to give to all my patients.”
When asked what the DAISY award means to her, Lexi says “This award confirms their love and support as my purpose as a nurse. Every doubt, every long shift, every hand case, and every sacrifice is worth it to know we’re still changing and saving lives.”
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.