Pulaski, VA, August, 2014 – LewisGale Hospital Pulaski is pleased to announce that Amanda Hudgins, R.N., was selected as the second quarter winner of the 2014 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award recognizes nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients’ families.

Amanda started her career at LewisGale Hospital Pulaski in 1999 as a phlebotomist. After working in the lab for 10 years, she transferred to the Education Department to serve as a CPR Instructor and Community Educator.  In 2012, while attending nursing school, she joined the Emergency Department as ER Tech. After graduation she began pursuing her BSN at Old Dominion University and accepted her current position as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit. On the unit she serves as the Charge Nurse and preceptor to new employees. Amanda is also on the Pathway to Excellence Committee, a committee focused on creating a positive working environment for nurses to excel.

Amanda is known for her hands-on leadership skills and the exceptional care she provides to patients and their families. On her nomination form, on patient’s family expressed their gratitude.

“What a fabulous nurse she was, not only to my mother, but to our family,” stated the family member. “She hugged us, assured us and comforted us.”

Each quarter, LewisGale Regional Health System picks, from among the numerous nominations it receives, a new nurse at each of its four hospitals to recognize with the award.

The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses was established by the Daisy Foundation, a not-for-profit, based in Glen Ellen, California.  The foundation was started by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick 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 patients’ families. Today, there are more than 1,400 healthcare facilities around the country honoring their nurses with the DAISY Award.