Employees of the Month
Barreira, Lactation Center
"I'd like to nominate Jeanne Barreira for employee of the
month. I feel all lactation consultants (LC) are the "unsung heroes" of
the child birth experience. Breastfeeding is a natural but often
difficult thing. In my experience, everything went well in the
hospital, but after going home and to the pediatrician, my son wasn't
gaining weight. Jeanne really helped coach me through this difficult
time. (The pediatrician was worried about his weight (jaundice
/dehydration) and wanted me to supplement.) Jeanne was so supportive.
She corresponded by email and phone to answer all my questions from
cluster feeding to "is this normal?" She even met me for an "ad hoc"
consultation one day with me and my son. One Friday we were
corresponding, and I knew the weekend was coming up and she'd be off. I
was a little anxious. She gave me her cell phone number. She mentioned
she was going her son's football game, but for me to call her for
anything and that she didn't mind. She also would email me just to
check in and make sure we were doing OK periodically. When you are
discharged from the hospital, you're given a contact sheet for the LC
group; however, I am still asking for support from Jeanne and emailing
questions…nine months later (clearly she is going above and beyond). If
it wasn't for Jeanne's encouragement and support, I know I would not be
breastfeeding and especially for this long. She is a wonderful resource
and support. I am truly grateful for everything she has done for us, as
she has made it possible for me to provide my child the best
nourishment in his first year!"
Nominated by Meredith
"Saturday, April 9 Missy was outside during her
break and saw an elderly woman fall on her face on the Horseshoe
sidewalk. When Missy saw her injuries, she knew the woman had to go to
the emergency room. The women's sister is a patient so Missy used her
cell phone to call the patient's room so the woman could let her sister
know she would be delayed but was all right. Missy spoke with the
sister and assured her that the woman was fine. Missy promised the
woman she would visit the sister to add more reassurance. She then
followed up and visited the patient without delay."
Nominated by Angel
Safety & Security
"Willie overheard a man saying he couldn't find a job. He
told the man not to give up and asked him if he had tried any other
places in the hospital other than housekeeping. The gentleman said no.
Willie took the man to the cafeteria office where some dietary managers
were inside. Willie told them that the gentleman was looking for a job.
He then left the man in the cafeteria filling out an application.
Thanks Willie, you are a shining star."
work as a team
The MUSC DAISY
(Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award for Nurses is a monthly
award and is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the
super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The foundation was formed
in January 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died of
complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. MUSC is among 400
medical facilities honoring nurses with The DAISY Award. One initiative
of the foundation's goal is to help fight diseases of the immune
Jessica Bullington and Brittany Perry
"This was truly a
multidisciplinary coordinated effort on the part of Brittany and Jess.
Our patient, "Smiles," has a long psychiatric history, an organic brain
injury and no motor function on her left side because of a stroke. Her
caretaker died suddenly and there was no one to care her.
8E nurses Jessica Bullington, left,
and Brittany Perry are the May DAISY winners. Each winner received an
African Shona Tribe sculpture titled, "A Healer's Touch," a framed
certificate, and a DAISY Award pin. The DAISY Foundation also delivered
cinnamon rolls to all the nurses in the unit.
could not feed herself much less provide any basics of care. Jess and
Brittany had to help this patient grieve, control her anger, be
confidential from press, family and visitors. Jess spent the better
part of an hour coordinating care from medicine and psychiatric
services incorporating Institute of Psychiatry -level of care on 8E,
that included developing a plan regarding telephone use.
consulted with the psychiatric liaison registered nurse. The next step
was educating all staff on the issues so that a cohesive plan of care
was established. Brittany met with the case manager and social worker
with the directive to get the patient to the funeral. Brittany had the
medical doctors write the order so that legally the patient could leave
the grounds yet have the order opened-ended enough for the timing to be
adjusted as needed.
decisions were based on what was right for Smiles. The next day, Jess
and Brittany found out that a wake for caregiver was being held and
made arrangements to get Smiles to this wake. Her hair had to be fixed,
clothes brought in, anti-anxiety and anti-psychotics medicines timed
appropriately, and transportation, liability issues and the like had to
be coordinated by Jess and Brittany. All the while Jess had three to
four other acutely ill patients for whom to care and Brittany, as the
charge nurse, had 26 patients and 10 to 11 staff to oversee.
nurses performed all these tasks, and oversaw the coordination of care
and the integration of the needs of the patient and family and
community with grace. Just what 8E nurses do every day."
Cindy Little and chosen as the DAISY winners through a blind vote by
the Nurse Alliance Leadership Council. Nurses may be nominated online