Lower Keys Medical Center Nurse Meagan Becker Receives National Award for Nursing Excellence
Meagan Becker, a registered nurse at Lower Keys Medical Center for over six years, has received a national 2022 Nursing Excellence Award.
Becker is one of ten national winners selected across all hospitals affiliated with Community Health Systems, one of the leading operators of general acute-care hospitals and outpatient care centers in communities across the United States. The organization’s affiliates include Lower Keys Medical Center and 80 other hospitals in 16 states.
Becker was surprised with the recognition during a reception with hospital leadership where she was presented with a crystal plaque and a symbolic check for the cash award she received, among other gifts.
CEO David Clay said, “Meagan is often mentioned in our patient surveys because of her compassionate care and has been nominated for other awards by her peers and patients. A colleague describes her as ‘shining bright like a diamond’. Co-workers recognize Meagan as passionate, diligent, supportive, energetic and kind, with an insatiable desire for continuous learning to provide the best care possible for her patients.”
The Nursing Excellence Award was created to honor the critical role nurses have played in treating patients throughout the pandemic. The peer-nominated award program was open to qualifying RNs and LPNs working in a direct patient care position who consistently demonstrate characteristics synonymous with nursing excellence. These characteristics include outstanding care, compassion, service and innovation, and reflect the efforts of someone who is a demonstrated team player and/or mentor to others, is a leader in times of crises, and who regularly promotes health in the community.
Becker joined Lower Keys Medical Center in June of 2016 caring for pediatric patients. She readily volunteered to help cover other units such as medical surgical, intensive care, postpartum and the emergency departments, giving her a broad base of knowledge and experience. She is now in the Labor and Delivery unit and serves as a Charge Nurse as well.
In addition to receiving the Nursing Excellence Award itself, Becker received a cash award and a copy of “Shining the Light on All the Right – Celebrating the Art of Nursing Around the World” by Mark and Bonnie Barnes, co-founders of The DAISY Foundation, an international movement created to recognize and express gratitude for extraordinary nursing.
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