TriStar Health - May 27, 2017

Hematology nurse receives regional recognition for compassionate care

Our mission – above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life – reminds nurses to put themselves in their patient’s shoes.

Lindsay Adkins, RN, exemplifies empathy every day when she comes in to work at the Sarah Cannon Center for Blood Cancer at TriStar Centennial Medical Center. For this hematology nurse, compassion is in her blood.

Nurse Award Lindsay Adkins TriStar Centennial

She was selected out of over 5,800 nurses at 22 hospitals in TriStar Division as a recipient for the annual HCA Excellence in Nursing Award for Compassionate Care.

Excellence in nursing

“I ended up getting a job at TriStar Centennial and I have fallen in love with it. It’s actually the only place I’ve ever worked,” said Lindsay. “I’ve been here for five years now and I’m on the bone marrow transplant floor in Sarah Cannon.”

In her tenure, Lindsay has gone above and beyond to help out her community and her coworkers.

Every year, Lindsay volunteers for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk. She helps create a team on her floor to put together fundraisers and walk as a group at the event.

You need to take a step back and ask, what if this was my family? How would we want to be treated?

Advancing the nursing profession

She steps up to be a relief charge nurse when needed and serves as a chairman for her unit-based nurse practice council. In its first year of inception, her team has already improved documentation for physician rounding and updated pharmacy order sets to improve communication for staff, and in turn, better meeting the needs of their patients. 

Not only is she committed to improving quality outcomes, Lindsey genuinely cares for her patients and treats them as if they were her relatives.

Nurse Award Lindsay Adkins TriStar Centennial

Compassionate patient care

“We had a younger patient. She was starting to lose her hair and she was super upset about it,” said Lindsay. “I helped her cut it and we donated it to locks of love. For me, I was just doing my job, but my patient really appreciated the extra steps to help cope with the situation.”

Lindsay notices the little details, like her female patients being sensitive to losing their hair, and will do anything she can to make them feel as comfortable as possible.

“The way I kind of think of our mission, and nursing in general, is you need to take a step back and say ‘what if this was my family?’ and ‘how would we want to be treated?’” said Lindsay.

Being there for her patients while experiencing hair loss is just one of many selfless actions Lindsay has done to earn the accolade of one of the most compassionate nurses in the TriStar Health family of hospitals.

“It’s a huge honor and I’m very excited about it. As a younger nurse, I am humbled that my peers and supervisors think highly of me,” said Lindsay. “But, this recognition is for all of the nurses for the emotional and physical work that we put in every day. It shows that our patients are being well taken care of and that’s what is most important.”