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Caring Spirit Award presented to pediatric nurse

by Chaplain Terry Wilson
Pastoral Care
The MUSC Pastoral Care staff recently presented its third annual Caring Spirit Award to Michelle Sharp, Pediatrics-Children’s and Perinatal Services. This award is presented each year in conjunction with national Pastoral Care Week, the purpose being to honor a faculty or staff member for his or her commitment and support. Many were nominated for this award by the Pastoral Care staff and it was difficult to select just one. 
Registered nurse certified Michelle Sharp, Pediatrics-Children’s and Perinatal Services, center, is awarded the Caring Spirit Award from MUSC's Pastoral Care staff. From left is Sally Potts, director of therapeutic services, and members of the Pastoral Care staff.

The annual Caring Spirit Award recognizes spiritual care of patients and families; support of the MUSC Pastoral Care mission; effort to foster community among clergy and hospital staff; and support of this year’s Pastoral Care Week theme, “Supportive Presence” Oct. 25 through 31.
Sharp was nominated by the chaplains for her compassionate care of patients and their families. Through the years she has taken a leadership role in the Walk to Remember, and the Tree Service which are services that remember the babies that we have lost. She worked and provided leadership to an interdisciplinary group that made additions and improvements to the Tender Memories program and booklets. She has demonstrated the expertise and qualities of an exceptional nurse by offering patients and their families the best of care which models MUSC Excellence. Sharp is one who sees the person and not just the patient. The world of medicine, nursing and patient care is a work that is back dropped by the spiritual needs of patients and families. The chaplaincy staff affirms MUSC faculty and staff who ensure the spiritual and pastoral care needs of patients and families are given the highest priority.

Friday, Nov. 13, 2009

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