Christy May, registered nurse (RN) at CHI Memorial, received the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
A recent patient nominated Ms. May for her compassionate care and ability to ease the patient’s anxiety. “Christy took great care of me from the very first night… She made me feel that they truly cared about me and helping with every aspect of the situation I was in. As my stay continued and the news of cancer and words like chemo and radiation were used, pain and anxiety snowballed for me. My sweet Christy was there every step of the way. She exceeded her duties and was so compassionate… She listened, and even made my husband feel like family. As I face my cancer journey, I am more capable of holding my head high knowing that I had an ANGEL for a nurse. As the times get tougher, I will be reminding myself that you lifted my family up and went above and beyond to make us feel special.”
Ms. May works on a medical-surgical floor at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga. She has worked for CHI Memorial since 2004.
CHI Memorial partners with the DAISY Foundation to recognize the extraordinary difference nurses make in the lives of patients and co-workers. Nurses are chosen each month to receive this wonderful award that honors compassionate care.
At a presentation attended by the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, leaders and visitors, the honoree receives a certificate commending which reads, "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." The honoree is also given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa, a daisy bouquet, and a copy of her/his nomination letter. The honoree's nursing unit receives a cinnamon doughnut party because it takes a team for a nurse to achieve his/her best. Tasty Doughnuts generously donates the treats for this worthy cause.
To learn more about the DAISY Foundation, visit www.DAISYfoundation.org.