Turner Honored as Excellent Nurse

Staff Report From Valdosta CEO

Monday, February 11th, 2019

Kayla Turner, Registered Nurse on 5 West at South Georgia Medical Center, received The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses for January. The award is part of the international DAISY Foundation, a program developed to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. Turner has been with SGMC for 2-1/2 years.

Turner was nominated by a patient’s family member who stated, “Kayla was the last nurse we had on the day we moved my grandmother to the Langdale Hospice House. I was an absolute wreck. She stood with me in the hallway, held me, and cried with me like she’d known me forever. We had only met earlier that day. After my grandmother’s passing I wrote a note to Kayla, thanking her for her care. A few weeks later, Kayla found me on Facebook and sent a picture of the note hanging on her refrigerator, thanking me! If the world was full of thoughtful compassionate and kind Kaylas, we would live in a much better place!”

SGMC continues to ask patients and fellow employees to honor nurses they feel go above and beyond in their actions and care. Nominations are reviewed by a committee based on criteria that include compassion, teamwork, leadership, attitude, and skills and knowledge.