Foundation honors ICU nurse's impact

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A registered nurse from Kilgore was recently honored for her “extraordinary” efforts to make a meaningful different in people’s lives.

Jane Whiteley, a Kilgore resident and daughter of the Rev. Barry and Julia Metz, was honored by the not-for-profit Daisy Foundation with the November 2017 Daisy Award.

According to a press release from Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, “Ms. Whiteley serves sickest patients in the Medical/Surgical ICU … She has been serving patients faithfully as a nurse for just two years after taking part in the nursing extern program.

The Daisy Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, established by the surviving family members of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in 1999 at the age of 33 from complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP).

“The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families,” Christus announced. “Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues and they are chosen by a committee of nurses” at Christus Mother Frances in Tyler.

Learn more about Whiteley on the Christus-TMF YouTube feed via tinyurl.com/DaisyWhiteley.

“I love the team I work with; they encourage me to pursue excellence and to provide compassionate care,” Whiteley said, underscoring her appreciation the organization is faith-based. “The faith of those around me is encouraging.

“I enjoy the physical nature of caring for patients, and in particular washing a patient’s feet – it reminds me of how Christ washed his follower’s feet, and it’s special to me to be able to be the hands and feet of Jesus.”

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