Muzik receives DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Laurette Muzik, sixth from left, was presented the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Tennova Newport Medical Center. From left are David House, Linda Mulford, Jennifer Lloyd, Haley Hall, Andrew Ferrante, Muzik, Tonia Hale, Dawn Poythress, Shawna Parks, Whitney Fraley, and Iris Askew.

NEWPORT—Laurette Muzik, who works in the Medical Surgery and CCU unit at Tennova Newport Medical Center, was presented the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Co-worker Andrea Ferrante nominated Muzik for the prestigious honor, describing Muzik as a “new nurse to us…with a wealth of knowledge, a gift of empathy, an abundance of patience, and more compassion than anyone I know.

“She told me that God helped her become a nurse and she was going to give 100 percent back. Nursing is her calling in life…She sees (a patient and family’s) needs and goes above and beyond to try and meet them, sometimes driving the hospitalists crazy. But she is an advocate to all of her patients.

“She makes sure everyone is bathed from head to toe, hair washed, oral care, hands soaking, skin care, and all that…While doing this, she talks with them, laughs with them, and cries with them. She shows them kindness and understanding. She repositions and worries about [their] comfort and what her patients need. When I make round on patients they rave about her. Their families love this…”

Established in 1999 by the family of Patrick Barnes, the Daisy Award recognizes “nurses for the extraordinary care they provide patients and their families every day.”

Doing his illness, Barnes asked his parents to bring cinnamon rolls, his favorite food, for all the nurses on the unit. Barnes, 33, died after an eight-week battle with the auto-immune disease ITP. His family later decided to do something positive to honor Barnes and eventually established the DAISY award, DAISY being an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

What started as one family’s thank-you from their family to nurses has since grown into a meaningful recognition program embraced by healthcare organizations around the world.

Hospital CNO Tonia Hale presented Muzik with a certificate of recognition, a beautiful sculpture, “The Healer’s Touch,” and a gift bag. Muzik and her co-workers also enjoyed cinnamon rolls.

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