ETMC Quitman nurse Lara Newsome receives DAISY Award for extraordinary care

November 10, 2017

Lara Newsome, RN, a medical-surgical floor nurse at ETMC Quitman, has been awarded a DAISY Award for extraordinary nursing care.

Newsome was nominated by a co-worker after helping a 68-year-old veteran make the life-changing decision to undergo further testing to determine the cause of his chest pain. The nominating letter said, “The patient did not want to go because he had just lost his brother weeks earlier to a heart attack. Lara took extra time to explain the risk and benefits for the heart cath as she held the patient’s hand and cried with him. After many tears, the patient decided to go, if Lara would give him her number. The patient called Lara when he came out of the procedure. As she took his call at the nurses’ station, she began to cry and so did her coworkers. The patient told her: ‘If I would have gone home, the doctor said that I would have died. Thank you for taking the time and not giving up on me.’ ”

Newsome has been with ETMC Quitman for eight years and is a back-up charge nurse for the med-surg floor.  “She goes above and beyond to care for her patients and always has a smile on her face,” said Allicia Settles, RN, chief nursing officer. “We are truly blessed to have Lara on our team at ETMC Quitman.”

The DAISY Award was created in 1999 by a family in the U.S. after experiencing kindness and compassion from nurses with their loved one, who was terminal and in the hospital. DAISY stands for disease attacking the immune system. Today, this program has been implemented in more than 1,900 healthcare facilities. Nurses are nominated by anyone who sees an extraordinary nurse and awarded by a hospital nursing committee that decides if they meet the criteria. The recipient receives a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a unique, hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, entitled, “A Healer’s Touch.”