Posted: May 10, 2016
A photo of Tammy Merkus
Tammy Merkus

Grand River Hospital (GRH) is celebrating nursing week from May 9 to 13 and is recognizing our wonderful nursing staff that provide exceptional care to our community.

GRH presents six awards during nursing week to those staff who go above and beyond their responsibilities to ensure our patients are well taken care of. Tammy Merkus was nominated for one of this year’s awards.

Here is what Tammy’s nominator had to say about her:

How does Tammy demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with other members of the health care team in the delivery of patient care?

Tammy is a critical part of our interdisciplinary team. As a geriatrician, I have always valued Tammy’s observations and assessments. We have worked together to care for dozens of patients with multiple medical concerns during a time when there were staff shortages. Despite an increased workload, Tammy had a clear understanding of each patient, delivered exemplary care, and all with an infectious energy and positive attitude.

How is Tammy a role model of exemplary nursing care?

Tammy has a comprehensive understanding of her patients with multiple medical and psychosocial concerns. For example, one of her patients had a delicate heart function and Tammy actively participated in an action plan to manage this very ill patient. She later applied her new knowledge of cardiac medications to other patients.

How is Tammy a role model for acknowledging and respecting the diversity of patients, families and members of our health care team?

Tammy frequently reaches out to families and caregivers. She does not “run away” from challenging patients, rather, she engages with them in a respectful and caring manner.

From Tammy:

What does nursing mean to you?

Nursing is about making a connection and a difference in people’s lives. It’s about teamwork, with the patient the central most important part.

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