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Kristi Badten, RN, Receives Exceptional Nurse Award


As a part of the annual celebration of National Nurses Week and Hospital Week, the May 2010 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was awarded on May 13 to Kristi Badten, RN, a night shift nurse from the Medical Surgical department at Tillamook County General Hospital.

Nominations from co-workers at the hospital included the following comments about the exceptional nursing care provided by Kristi: Cheerful, devoted, attentive, and trustworthy. Observant; catches small changes that save people’s lives. Compassionate; treats the patient as if they were the only patient here. If I were a patient here I would want this nurse for my nurse. Professional; always focused and calm. Everything that is needed to achieve the DAISY Award is found in this RN!

Other TCGH nursing staff nominated for this DAISY award include: Jane Kruh, Adrienne Fisher, Rich Brainerd, Bambi Poblador, Brenna Waxter, Gina Seufert, Rebekah Mayfield, Heather Clark, Marion Johnson, Larry Hamilton, Cassy Harth, Jenney Roesener and Kami Jensen.

“It’s a pleasure to honor exceptional nurses like Kristi Badten,” stated Donna Bechthold, vice president for patient care. “We are blessed at our rural community hospital to have such a dedicated team of compassionate nursing staff.”

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 with an autoimmune disease. The Barnes Family, awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, created an award program to express appreciation to nurses nationwide. This award is now presented twice yearly to a TCGH nurse nominated by co-workers for extraordinary patient care.