“I always, always, always wanted to be a nurse,” says Sarah Blackburn, RN. Sarah decided to go back to school in her 40s to fulfill this dream and she began working with our ministry following graduation.
Sarah enjoys caring for others and connecting with her patients.
“Spending quality time with my patients gives me the most joy,” she shares. “I chart in my patients’ rooms so I can converse with them and create quality care.”
Sarah is not only dedicated to her patient’s health, but their happiness as well.
“One patient I absolutely loved was during COVID-19 and he was all by himself,” she shares. “I took him balloons, sat and talked with him. I could tell he was lonely and wanted to bring him comfort.”
Comforting others comes easily to Sarah. Many times, she finds herself comforting new nurses and encouraging the students in training.
“I tell them during my time as a nurse, there have only been a handful of times when it has been a bad day at work,” she says. “The positive moments outweigh the negative.”
Congratulations are in order for Sarah who was as an honoree for the DAISY award in June 2020.
“It was the most wonderful thing for me. I cried when I received the award because I will never forget the day,” she says. “They called me in to work and I wasn’t supposed to come in because they didn’t need the staffing. I volunteered to come in for someone ‘who was sick,’ and when I arrived, they said we need to have a huddle [meeting] and surprised me with the award.”
Overall, she feels grateful for the honor.
“I really love what I do,” Sarah shares.
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