Published on November 21, 2022

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center nurse recognized for extraordinary service

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center (EMRMC) is pleased to recognize and honor one of its nurses for her extraordinary patient care.  Morgan Walls, R.N., a nurse in the float pool at EMRMC, was one of many nurses nominated for the DAISY Award. A resident of Marion County, Morgan has been caring for patients at EMRMC for six years. 

She was nominated by a Heritage Palliative Care nurse practitioner for the care she provided to a terminally ill patient.  She said, “The patient requested removal of her BiPAP mask and was fully aware that off BiPAP, her death would likely occur within minutes or hours.  A plan of care was developed to make the patient comfortable.  Over the next two hours, the patient would rest but then intermittently begin to experience both shortness of air and anxiety.  Due to Morgan’s vigilance and rapid response to the patient’s symptoms, including prompt administration of needed medications, the patient remained comfortable during the dying process.  During these difficult hours, Morgan rarely left the bedside and provided this patient hours of professional, expert, and compassionate nursing care.  I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate having Morgan at the bedside during this challenging course of patient care.”

Ephraim McDowell is proud to recognize nurses with the DAISY Award, a national program which honors the compassionate care and clinical excellence that nurses bring to their patients every day.  Nomination forms for the DAISY Award are available at various locations throughout Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital, Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital and other Ephraim McDowell facilities. 

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