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Teresa Norman earns EGRMC's latest DAISY Award
Teresa Norman DAISY Award
Pictured, left to right, Chief Nursing Officer Marie Burdett, RN, BSN, CSHA; Teresa Norman, RN; Director of Intensive Care Unit Diana Ray, RN, BSN, CCRN; and CEO Paul Theriot.

Teresa Norman, RN, is a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, and she was awarded the hospital’s most recent DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Norman has worked at East Georgia Regional Medical Center since 1998 and has been a registered nurse since 1991. 

In Norman’s nomination, several colleagues explained how compassionate she is: 

“Teresa is always so positive and helpful! She is always so encouraging to all of her coworkers in the ICU. She’s a wonderful asset to this facility.”

“She makes work much easier and is always willing to lend a hand. She puts her all in for her patients to ensure they have the best care possible and every patient mentions how awesome she is!”

“Teresa is always available to answer questions and help. She is a great teacher when it comes to telling and/or showing you how to do things. She is always polite and easy to talk to. She always is kind and caring with her patients, and goes above and beyond the call of duty. Teresa is a great role model of what it means to be a ‘nurse.’”

Nominations were reviewed by a committee of nurses at East Georgia and Norman was selected in recognition of the personal difference she makes in the lives of patients.

“I was touched to read so many nominations for Teresa from her colleagues in ICU,” said Marie Burdett, BSN, RN, chief nursing officer at EGRMC. “This shows that she is a leader, mentor, and well-respected among her peers. She is truly an extraordinary nurse and very deserving of this recognition.”

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the extra efforts nurses perform every day. The awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors.

“The dedication and sacrifices of our nurses do not go unnoticed,” said Paul Theriot, the hospital’s CEO. “Many of us have experienced a nurse’s kindness, devotion, and compassion. Nurses are our everyday heroes, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to shed light on their heroism through this award program.”    

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Each DAISY Award Honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an Extraordinary Nurse. The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people."  

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