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ENMMC nurse honored for extraordinary patient care

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Nurses at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center are being honored with The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

Todd Housewright

This quarter’s recipient is Todd Housewright, registered nurse. Todd became a nurse in May 2017. “It felt like it was a new calling in his life and knew critical care was the area he wanted to work in because of the challenge it presents with learning about patients in the most critical state.” Housewright said about why he decided to become a nurse. “Each day as I drive to work I pray that God will give me healing hands and a healing heart towards others so I can be a blessing for my patients, their families and the team I works with at ENMMC.”

Outside of work, Housewright enjoys spending time with family and friends. He also loves to travel, work out and garden.

Housewright was nominated by several patients and their family members. One nomination read, “He was gentle and kind and clearly concerned about my mother’s welfare, comfort and health. He looked her in the eye and always called her by name when he spoke to her.”

Another family member said, “Todd went above and beyond to provide necessities and wants for mom and treated her with love and respect, as well as our family. He treated us like we were his family. I don’t know how we could have made it through this without him. He made it somehow bearable.”

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A third nomination from a family member wrote, “During a week-long hospital stay, my mom, who has terminal cancer, battled pneumonia. We had a couple of different nurses over the course of her stay and one really stood out to us. He was an amazing blessing to us during a very difficult time for my family. He was extremely kind, compassionate, and caring while also humble.

“He was very informative and took extra time to explain her situation to us which helped us feel at ease. We needed that. We are heartbroken over mom’s illness and his demeanor and character shined through and truly helped us to make hard decisions and feel confident we were doing the best thing for my mom. Nurses like him are rare and so greatly needed when a family is in distress like ours was. Our hearts were warmed by his desire to put his patient first the way he did with my mom. This award should be given to this extraordinary nurse.”