Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System
Julie knew just what to say to the parents, how to comfort them, and also gave them the respect and privacy to grieve their only child.
We deal with high-stress situations all the time, but this was different. It was all hands on deck, as it usually is in the NICU when we get an admission. We have always had great teamwork. But it was my co-worker, Julie Akin, who really took the lead. She was the baby's primary nurse. After numerous interventions, it became apparent that the baby girl would unfortunately not survive. I kept thinking how professional, respectful and empathetic Julie was in the face of such a tragic loss. She knew just what to say to the parents, how to comfort them, and also gave them the respect and privacy to grieve their only child. When it came time to withdraw life support, I felt an overwhelming sadness I had never felt as a nurse. We all did. Julie was there as the baby girl took her last breath in her mother's arms. I honestly don't know how I would've kept it together myself, had I been in Julie's shoes that day. She handled it all with such grace and compassion. Julie is a true DAISY Nurse.