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Jamie Lawrence, RN Recognized with International Extraordinary Nurse Award

Jamie Lawrence, RN Holding AwardCarteret Health Care is pleased to announce that Jamie Lawrence, RN on Maternal Child Health was recognized with The DAISY Award at Carteret Health Care on July 31. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is an international award which is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.

Hospital leaders and peers recently surprised Ms. Lawrence during a called meeting. Ms. Williams who joined the Carteret Health Care team as a nurse in 2019 enthusiastically thanked all attendees.

As the smell of cinnamon rolls filled the air, Stacey Ambramski, RN, shared information about the DAISY Award and recognized Ms. Lawrence’s efforts by having the nominations read by Patti Hudson, Vice President Patient Care Services.

An excerpt from one nomination made by a patient who was here stated, “I felt like I was being taken care of by my best friend or sister. Jamie was more than a face that came in to give me my medications or change my bedsheets. She stayed and listened to my concerns and shared personal experiences that were helpful and relevant to my situation.”

The nomination concluded with, “I really cannot stress enough that it felt like my best friend or sister was there with me. And when you are in the hospital alone with a brand new baby, who else would you want taking care of you.”

Another nomination shared, “Throughout my 40 hours of labor that eventually ended in a C-Section, Jamie made sure my comfort as well as keeping me updated was her highest priority. She took time during her time off to cheek on me and make sure my pain was okay and that I got an epidural and was okay. She put my mind at ease about a C-Section, took amazing care of my sweet daughter and made sure my husband felt comfortable and was able to enjoy welcoming our daughter even in the chaos.”

The nomination concluded with a similar sentiment as the first, “Jamie made us feel like family, not patients. Her bedside manner, compassion, and ability to make new scared moms feel in control is incomparable.”

A third nomination stated, “From the moment Jamie’s shift started, she did everything to make my labor as comfortable as possible. I opted to not have any form of pain medication and she made me feel calm and in control throughout the labor process.”

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 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.

Carteret nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. The award recipient is chosen by a committee at Carteret Health Care to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the Honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors.

Ms. Lawrence received a certificate commending her as an "Extraordinary Nurse," a bouquet of daisies, a DAISY Award pin and a meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. Cinnamon rolls were shared as a traditional part of the DAISY Foundation. A banner will also be displayed in the Birthing Center, Ms. Lawrence’s work area.