Lanie Faulkner

Lanie Faulkner

Lanie Faulkner, RN

4 North Telemetry
Methodist North Hospital
Memphis, Tennessee
United States

I want to tell you a story about a true DAISY nurse! There was a nurse who worked night shift last Sunday night when it was so freezing cold outside. She finished her shift, bundled up, and left the hospital thru the front doors. As she was walking to her car, she noticed a frail, elderly gentleman using a walker going down the sidewalk wearing a thin jacket not fitting for the cold temperatures outside. This nurse walked on to her car. As she was driving down the aisle to leave, she noticed the man had stopped and was hunched over his walker looking very confused and so cold he couldn’t walk any further. This nurse stopped her car and got out. She asked the lost looking gentleman if he needed help. He told her he could not find his car. The nurse told him she was going to help him. She put his walker into the backseat, helped him into the front seat of her warm car, and started to cruise the parking lot. She asked him what kind of car he drove but he could not remember. He knew the color of the car so the two drove throughout the parking lot searching for his car. While they were driving, the man told the nurse he had been up all night long tending to his confused wife who had “fallen out” at Walmart. The nurse made several rounds through the parking lot without finding the car when she suddenly thought of asking if his wife had come in through the ED. He stated that she had so she took him to the ED parking lot where his car was. She helped him with his walker and saw that he was safe in his car before driving home. The next day when she arrived at work, she realized that the patients’ wife was on her own unit! She never once thought she did anything special or extraordinary. She was just doing something nice for someone who needed her. It is for this very reason that I would like to nominate Lanie Faulker, RN on 4 North as a DAISY Award recipient!