Friends of Nursing Award Winner Dayna Gerkin

January 9, 2017 5:11 pm

Making the Difference

Dayna signs the banner while Kimberly Hughes, patient access supervisor and Theresa McGuire, magnet program director hold the banner and look on

Dayna signs the banner while Kimberly Hughes, patient access supervisor (r) and Theresa McGuire, magnet program director (l) hold the banner and look on

The skill and compassionate care exemplified by Dayna to our patients, their families, and our staff make her an outstanding role model. The Work Environment Council is proud to offer this month’s Friend of Nursing Award to Dayna.

It was an early morning. Mercy Health Urgent Care was not officially open for business, and Dayna was the opening registration staff.

A 32-year-old male entered who was presenting with stroke-like symptoms — Dayna noted he had left side weakness and speech difficulties. Recognizing the symptoms, Dayna understood that this young man needed immediate care, so she called upstairs to the Mercy Health Physician Partners East Beltline office and asked for a doctor to look at this patient right away.

Theresa McGuire, MSN, RN-BC, MPD and Brooke Von Linsowe, Coordinator Patient Access, Dayna award recipient, Kimberly Hughes, Supervisor Patient access and Liz Murphy, CNO

Theresa McGuire, MSN, RN-BC, MPD; Brooke Von Linsowe, Coordinator Patient Access; Dayna award recipient; Kimberly Hughes, Supervisor Patient Access, and Liz Murphy, CNO

Dr. Christian Vanderkaay immediately came downstairs to evaluate the patient and to expedite care for this man. The patient needed to be transferred to Mercy Health Emergency. Dayna collaborated with the ED staff to ensure the patient was efficiently cared for by notifying the RNs on staff that the patient was presenting with stroke-like symptoms. As it turns out, the patient was having an acute stroke. Dayna did a terrific job making sure this patient received immediate care.

Thank you for being a great colleague, Dayna!

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