Emergency Room Nurse Recognized for Compassion During a Rabies Scare
Callie Howard, registered nurse at Roane Medical Center, was recently honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The DAISY Award was established in 1999 by the family of a patient who had received extraordinary care and compassion from his nurses during his final days.
Callie, who works in the emergency department, was presented the DAISY Award by Audrey Watkins, (surgery RN), Tonja Moss (ED nurse manager), and Brenda Gray, VP/CNO.
Callie was nominated by an anxious mom whose daughter had bitten by a stray cat. In the nomination, the mother wrote about how Callie calmed their fears when facing a series of rabies vaccinations:
What a blessing to our family. She was so kind, caring and professional. She treated my sweet little girl with the greatest of care. She was so gentle, and you could just sense her tenderness. She encouraged [our daughter] before the shots and praised her bravery after. She even took time to comfort a sympathetic sibling who had to tag along. Yet again, a wonderful experience at Roane Medical.
Callie, you are amazing! Thank you for loving my baby well. We still have three visits ahead, but she isn’t dreading them, thanks to you! I asked [our daughter] why nurse Callie was special, she said the following, “She made me feel confident. She didn’t jab me with the needle hard – she was gentle. Also, she didn’t put the band-aid on too tight!” You go Nurse Callie.
Callie received a pin, certificate, daisies, The Healer’s Touch sculpture, and cinnamon rolls for his entire department to share. Congratulations to Callie! We appreciate her passion for nursing and commitment to always putting patients first.
Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee at Roane Medical Center to receive The DAISY Award. To nominate a nurse today, visit RoaneMedical.com/DAISY.