Athens Regional Honors Two Nurses

5/28/2012

Athens, Tenn. – Each May during Nurses Week, Athens Regional employees select two nurses to be recognized as the best Registered Nurse (RN) and the best Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  Everyone in the hospital has an opportunity to vote for the nurses who best demonstrate the values of respect, integrity, teamwork, and commitment to patient care.

Julie Haney (left) received the Nursing Excellence Award for RNs. She graduated with an RN, BSN from the Nursing Program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  She is currently working on her master’s degree at UTK to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Haney is a nurse with whom co-workers love to work.  Comments from her team on the medical/surgical floor include, Julie is a breath of fresh air when you work with her.  She is calm and reassuring to her patients, always knows their needs. She is a GREAT nurse – caring, compassionate, and a total team player.  Comments from employees in other departments carry the same theme, Her attitude and competence combined are characteristics that set the bar for others…She has a confidence about her that makes you feel that she is very capable.  I’m sure her patients feel the same way.

The Nursing Excellence Award for LPNs went to Donna Daniels (right) this year.  A graduate of the LPN program at Tennessee Technology Center in Athens, Daniels is also a member of the medical/surgical nursing team.  She is known by co-workers as a nurse who is very dedicated and works hard to provide excellent patient care.  She often works extra to help out her team when needed.  A co-worker sums it up well in her nomination form, “I know my patients have been well taken care of when I follow Donna.”

Margie Brusseau, Athens Regional CNO, knows how much good nurses mean to the hospital’s well-being, and really appreciates the excellence of these winners. “These two nurses epitomize the highest standards of care, both clinically and in their interpersonal relationships," says Brusseau. "ARMC is fortunate to have Julie and Donna on the nursing team.”

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