Morrisette sits stunned outside of
St. Luke's Chapel processing that
she just won MUSC's Nurse of the
Year at the awards ceremony.
was surprised. I was taken aback.
I'm still surprised," she said,
laughing as she watches her fellow
nurses enjoy a reception May 7
honoring their hard work and
standards of excellence.
MUSC's 2012 Nurse
of the Year Cheryl Morrisette
takes a moment in the spotlight.
Watch a video at http://tinyurl.com/7d8smuq.
she loves her work as a nurse in
the operating room at MUSC's
Ashley River Tower (ART). She
assists with open-heart and other
surgeries and finds it fascinating
work. "It's just very interesting
work. It's what I've always done.
I work with a great group of
people, doctors, nurses,
perfusionists, residents and
anesthesia staff. I couldn't ask
for a better group of people to
has been at ART for four years and
a nurse for more than 30 years,
said what makes a good nurse to
her is someone who is caring,
dependable and level-headed. "You
have to be able to get along with
a lot of different personalities
because OR nurses have to work
well as a team."
Nurses do face
more stress and pressure, but it
helps that she has an even temper.
"I don't get flustered."
Crawford, M.D., a Distinguished
University Professor, said she's
intensely loyal to the
cardiothoracic center and to MUSC
as a whole. "The patient is always
first. She comes prepared. If she
has any questions, she calls the
day before. If I see her scrubbing
in, I know I'm going to have a
dislikes people who whine, said he
never has to worry about that with
Morrisette. She's like a bulldog
and sticks it out to the end on
whatever case they may be working.
"She's there, and she gets it done
right." It allows him to focus on
the case at hand.
Nurse of the Year, celebrates
with Dr. Fred Crawford. Other
Nurse of the Year nominees were:
Andrea Homan, MICU; Mack
Scheider, IOP; Eugenia Mathias,
6W ART; Jaime Nettles,
Ambulatory Care; and Tressa
the ceremony was Dave Morrisette,
director of the Division of
Physical Therapy at MUSC's College
of Health Professions and Cheryl's
husband. The award didn't surprise
him at all. She's very high energy
and definitely a Type A
personality, he said. She's always
on the move at home, and only sits
down to watch the news on TV. When
they were dating, he had to run –
literally – to catch her. Their
first date was a movie, but after
that they discovered they both
every date was a run, followed by
cinnamon chocolate milk shakes,"
he said. "And she's faster than
She enjoys swimming and plans to
compete in the Lowcountry Splash,
a 2 ½ mile swim in the Charleston
harbor. Dave said his wife is a
great mother to their two sons and
a very caring person. Even the
next door neighbor's Jack Russell
terrier came to their house when
he got hit by a car. "She has a
warm spot for animals."
That's true for
patients and fellow co-workers
the center has an excellent staff
of scrub nurses and everyone loves
her. She has a knack for knowing
what he needs in surgery. "If I
put out my hand and she puts
something in it, I better know
what it's for."