CTCA Nurses receive prestigious DAISY Award

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From Special Reports

Three Newnan residents and Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), Atlanta nurses recently received The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a prestigious accolade for nurses who have provided extraordinary, compassionate care.

Alexis Evans, Elaine Wallace and Stephanie Storey were nominated for DAISY (Disease Attacking the Immune System) Awards for going above and beyond to meet patients’ needs. Sharing a passion for nursing and caring for others, Evans, Wallace and Storey each expressed gratitude after receiving the honor.

“I have encountered a lot of impactful moments during my nursing career; however, to me, the most impactful is hearing a simple thank you from patients and their families,” said Evans about receiving the award. “I would encourage others to become a nurse because it is the most rewarding, impactful job.”

For Elaine Wallace, being a nurse means being able to make a difference for each patient she meets.

“I want (patients) to know they are important and they matter to me,” said Wallace. “I get emotional talking about it. I try to encourage them.”

Having been a nurse for ten years, Stephanie Storey decided to pursue the profession after volunteering at a local hospital as a high school student.

“There isn’t anything else I could see myself doing,” said Storey. “I enjoy taking care of my patients and their families. Nursing is an amazing career.”

The DAISY Foundation, a nonprofit based in Glen Allen, Calif., was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, a Hodgkins Disease survivor who passed away at the age of 33 after being admitted to the hospital for a rare auto-immune disease. Barnes’ family, who was impressed with the caliber of the nursing staff, started the DAISY Foundation to recognize amazing nurses.

Those interested in nominating a nurse for a DAISY Award, you can visit www.daisyfoundation.org/daisy-award.

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