Reda puts her heart, spirit and soul into caring for patients at Gritman Medical Center. A registered nurse in the Medical Surgical Unit, Reda was recently selected as the DAISY Award recipient for the 2012 fourth quarter.
"I love serving people," Reda says. "We are taking care of people when they are at their most vulnerable and they may not remember that we gave them the correct medication but people remember how we treat them and our smiles and our touch."
Thirty Years as a Gritman Nurse
As a 1991 graduate of Lewis-Clark State College, Reda has helped heal Gritman patients for 30 years, but her experience in health care started right after high school, when she took a CNA course. She began working as a nurse's aid in 1972 and served as a HUC, as well. She decided to further her education because "With nursing, I saw that I could spend more time with patients and teaching them."
Reda credits her father and mother for role-modeling the importance of kindness into everyday actions. "When I was young, I liked seeing that something I did made people feel better," she says.
Role Model and Mentor
Now others look to Reda as a role-model and mentor. With excellent clinical skills and a warm and caring personality, Reda is very deserving of the DAISY Award, says LaRae Pearson, interim Med Surg Director.
"I feel really blessed to have my job and love what I do," says Reda.