Newnan, Ga. (October 25, 2013) – Renee Nestrick, RN, a nurse in the surgical and interventional services department at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, has been named the first winner of the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The recognition is part of a national program that recently began at Piedmont Newnan which honors nurses for their clinical skills and compassionate care for patients and their families.
Nestrick was nominated for the award by Brian Caruthers, M.D., an anesthesiologist at Piedmont Newnan. On a weekend with limited staff, Nestrick volunteered to help transport and start anesthesia for her patient in the operating room. At a critical point, the operating room experienced monitor failure and Nestrick stepped in immediately, replacing the monitors, changing the EKG pads and manually checking the patient’s pulse.
“Renee’s quick response truly made a difference that day,” said Dr. Caruthers. “Her assistance was invaluable and she helped avoid a rather serious situation.”
Nestrick graduated from the Georgia Baptist School of Nursing in 1990. Prior to working at Piedmont Newnan, Nestrick worked at Crawford Long Hospital for two years on a medical surgical floor and 20 years in a Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU). Nestrick has been with Piedmont Newnan since September 2012.
“In high school, I became interested in nursing, but my desire turned into a calling when my grandfather became chronically ill with heart disease,” said Nestrick. “Since I have been here at Piedmont, I‘ve loved the people I work with, the patients I encounter and the frequent opportunities to make a difference in peoples lives.”
Nurses can be nominated for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses by colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors. Honorees are selected quarterly by a selection committee and nursing administration team.
“Participating in the DAISY Award program helps us give back to our top nurses who give so much to our patients every day,” said Sheri DeShazo, chief clinical officer at Piedmont Newnan. “We’re proud to be a participating hospital in the DAISY Award program to honor such great nurses.”
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and their families.
For more information about nursing opportunities at Piedmont Newnan, visit piedmontnewnan.org.