Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Smith Becomes 1st LPN DAISY Award Recipient at Blount Memorial

Licensed practical nurse (LPN) Jamie Smith has earned the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses®.

Smith serves as an LPN on the hospital’s 5-north floor. She became the sixth nurse – and the hospital’s first LPN – to sign Blount Memorial’s DAISY honoree banner after the hospital partnered with The DAISY Foundation™ in 2020 to acknowledge the extraordinary and compassionate care nurses provide.

Smith received her award, a Healers Sculpture, a DAISY pin and a certificate commending her as an “Extraordinary Nurse” on Friday, Nov. 4. She was nominated by a patient’s wife for going “above and beyond.”

“Jamie was so good and so caring,” the patient’s wife wrote in Smith’s nomination. “Jamie loves what she does. She is kind, compassionate, observes her patient’s health and stays on top of their care. She is a poster nurse of what nurses should be.”

“Jamie is a vital member of our growing health care team,” said Blount Memorial chief nursing officer Joe Newsome. “A graduate of Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Jamie is a compassionate nurse and a strong patient advocate who models the best our staff brings to our community. We are fortunate to have Jamie playing such an important role on our team,” he added.

Blount Memorial’s association with The DAISY Foundation™ gives patients, family members, co-workers, visitors and colleagues the opportunity to nominate a nurse for the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care he or she provides. Award recipients are chosen by a committee at Blount Memorial to receive The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses®. Awards are presented throughout the year.

DAISY Award nomination forms are available throughout the hospital and online here.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System). The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

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