Pictured above – Rebecca McCallister, R.N., the latest DAISY Award winner.

Nurses can be nominated by anyone

Cookeville – Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) nurse Rebecca McCallister, R.N., is the latest recipient of the DAISY Award.

Nurses can be nominated by anyone – patients, family members, other nurses, physicians, other clinicians, and staff who experience or observe extraordinary compassionate care being provided by a nurse.

“My husband was a patient for the third time since Sept. 2022 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center,” according to McCallister’s nomination. “He was admitted for heart vascular stent placement. We were moved from Critical Vascular ICU to 4N, where we had great nurses. Rebecca McCallister was one of them and she was outstanding. Rebecca was so knowledgeable and her skills were great. She was kind and patient not only with my husband but also with me. She was a comfort to both of us, explaining the unknown issues and helping us understand. My husband has a very bad hearing problem, even with hearing aids. Rebecca was so good at making sure he understood what she was saying. She helped us to understand more about home care as we were looking to be discharged as this was new to us. Rebecca became very special to us and is a very extraordinary nurse. She was there for our every need.”

Another nomination said McCalister was caring and encouraging.

“Rebecca was a very caring and efficient nurse,” said the nomination. “She helped Ken but encouraged him to do as much as he could on his own. She helped train the family on the best ways to continue encouraging and helping him. CRMC is very lucky to have a nurse like Rebecca, who treats patients with dignity and compassion. We noticed she was also helping train student nurses, and she did an excellent job. We are lucky that Rebecca was assigned to our care.”

Photo courtesy of CRMC.

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