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. Susan Steinmann received the DAISY Award for September.
Susan is a registered nurse who has worked at MHHS for almost 3 years. She works on the third floor, in the Critical Care Unit where she occasionally serves as the CCU shift leader. She started her nursing career as a CAN, then attended Tennessee Tech in Elizabethton, TN for her LPN degree. After that, she attended ETSU to obtain her BSN, RN.
Susan is originally from Bryan, Texas but moved to Morristown because she didn’t want to do travel nursing anymore. When she married and moved to Morristown, she gained 9 children, 5 of which still lived at home. As of today, she still has 3 at home.
Susan always wanted to be a nurse. She wanted to help people and make them feel better. “My parents always told me I had a gentle heart,” says Susan. “I would cry when I was little whenever I would beat them when we played monopoly as a family. (They always helped me know what to do when playing also).” “They would always tell me I would be a nurse someday.”
Susan said her goals in working at MHHS is to continue working in the Critical Care Unit and to obtain her CCRN certification. Susan says her greatest accomplishment is earning the respect of her coworkers and the doctor she works with. She refers to these teammates as her “CCU Family”.
Susan wanted to show appreciation to her wonderful husband, Steven and her 13 children. Chris, Sarah, Kelly, Jessica, Julia, Olivia, Daniel, Samuel, Timothy, Zachariah, Judy, Levi, Lydia and her 8 grandchildren.
When asked what the DAISY Award meant to her, Susan said, “This award, coming from my coworkers, means more than I could say. You have patients and families that you get close to when you’re caring for them and that’s always special, but when your coworkers nominate you, that’s just something that leaves me without words.”
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.