"She didn't treat me like a just another patient. She treated me like someone that she cared about."

Amber Schechinger nominated her nurse Miriah for a national DAISY award. The text of her nomination reads:

"I recently was admitted and cared for at Methodist Women's Hospital. While my stay was brief, I was absolutely blown away by the care that I received from the medical staff at your facility and by one nurse in particular. She is an RN in your High Risk OB unit.

I am in my 30th week of a high risk pregnancy and for the most part have been able to see a doctor close to home. My husband and I love our small town hospital and medical staff. Everyone knows you by name and takes a vested interest in your care. Imagine our surprise to receive similar care in a hospital of a much larger scale. 

I was admitted around 6 pm on Tuesday evening and Miriah was one of the nurses who helped to get me checked in. She had an incredibly calming, confident presence. She knew what she was doing and handled the whirlwind of activity with a routine ease. That alone made me feel more comfortable.

When everyone around you seems rushed and stressed it adds to your stress level as a patient. Miriah gave me the impression that everything was going to be fine and that our doctors and nurses had things well in hand right from the get go.

Throughout that night and the following night we were able to experience that same reassuring presence. Miriah answered every call light promptly and with compassion. It's frustrating to know that you're fully capable of going to the bathroom by yourself, but being hooked up to IV's and monitors requires you to wait for assistance.

She never once made us feel that we were taking her away from doing something else or doing something more important. She answered questions, joked with my husband and myself, and set reasonable expectations for the monitoring and testing that the doctors were doing.

She didn't treat me like a just another patient. She treated me like someone that she cared about.

There's a certain amount of empathy and compassion that can't be taught and she exemplifies those qualities.

Amber Vonnahme
obstetrical patient at Methodist Women's Hospital

Miriah doesn't treat her position like it's just a job.  She is a prime example of going above and beyond to make sure I had an excellent patient experience.

She is knowledgeable, caring and confident. But more than that she brings a human aspect to her profession. You truly are lucky to have her on your staff and I feel incredibly lucky to have had her care while staying at your facility.”

Amber Schechinger

About the DAISY award:
The DAISY award is a nationwide program rewarding and celebrating extraordinary nurses. For more information or to nominate a nurse for the Daisy award go here.

Editor's note:
Additional information about this story can be found in this story on BestCareToday.com.