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Extraordinary nurses recognized at ENMMC

Toni Wheelock has been recognized as Eastern New Mexico Medical Center’s DAISY Award Winner for this quarter. (Submitted Photo)

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

Toni Wheelock was recognized as the DAISY Award Winner for this quarter.

A press release issued by ENMMC stated, “We recently had an elderly patient who resided at a motel with his wife. Toni was so concerned for the welfare and safety of the patient’s wife that she went to this motel and brought food to the motel and made sure she was OK.”

Wheelock has been a nurse for 44 years in ICU and the Emergency Room. She said she became a nurse to go into psychiatric nursing because she felt she could be a great nurse to psychiatric patients. Her only reservation was that she hated blood. All through nursing
school Wheelock said she just kept praying: Let me get through nursing school.

She ended up finding out she was better suited as an ER Nurse and ICU nurse, overcame her phobia of blood and has loved every moment of it, according to the ENMMC press release.

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The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.

The care Barnes and his family received from nurses inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues and they are chosen by a committee at ENMMC. Awards are given throughout the year. Each Honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.”

The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.”

The Honoree will also be given a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, handcarved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.