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DAISY Award Recipient – Jennifer Spillman

Posted on November 11, 2021

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. Jennifer Spillman was our most recent DAISY Award winner.

Jennifer is a registered nurse who has worked at MHHS for almost two years. She currently works in Labor and Delivery. She became a nurse 15 years ago as an ADN and in 2018, she continued her education onto receiving her BSN. She is currently enrolled in school and on the road to receive her Masters in Nursing.

She is originally from Gainesville, Florida. She chose to work at Morristown-Hamblen because she wanted a small town community hospital that allowed her to care for the people close to home. Jennifer says her goals in working at MHHS are to provide excellent care to every patient and family she encounters. “I make every effort to turn this scary time into a positive experience,” she says.

Jennifer says her greatest accomplishment is pointing her children to God, teaching them everyone has good in them despite what they may see at any time. She wanted to show appreciation to her family. “I have been happily married for 22 years and am a mother to four amazing children,” said Jennifer.

When asked what the DAISY award means to her, Jennifer says “This award is reassurance that the work is worth it. You never know who you will impact and when.”

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.