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DAISY Award Recipient – Ronetta Mullins

Posted on December 21, 2020

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. Ronetta Mullins received the DAISY Award for November.

Ronetta is a registered nurse who has worked at MHHS for seven years. She works on the second floor currently, but has worked on other floors as well including the surgery unit. She started her nursing career in 1994 as an LPN but then wanted to continue her education and further her skills. She then attended ETSU to obtain her BSN, RN.

Ronetta is originally from Michigan but moved to Morristown in 1985 and has been here since. She chose to work at MHHS because she wanted to help and care for the people in the community she lives in. She said her goals for working at MHHS is to be a helper and a teammate. She enjoys teaching new nurses to help mold the next generation. “I want to bring joy and laughter to my patients and teammates,” said Ronetta.

Ronetta says her inspiration for doing what she does is “feeling like she is making a difference and healing the sick.” “When I was a little girl, I would pick up hurt or injured animals and nurse them back to health. I would always release them when they were healed,” says Ronetta. Her greatest accomplishment is her family. She wanted to show appreciation to her husband, Alex, whom she has been married to for 32 years. “We have a son, and I am blessed with two beautiful grandchildren who are my world.”

When asked what the DAISY Award meant to her, Ronetta said, “I do not have the words to describe the overwhelming feeling and honor I feel. I am humbled to receive an award for doing what I consider my job.”

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.

Shannon Grimes, Nurse Manager (left), Ronetta Mullins, RN, Aundrea Mills, CNO (right)