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Bedside Nurse Provides Calm through the Storm

by Katina Granger on January 25, 2017

Sarah Bell, BSN, RNHearing a diagnosis of cancer can be terrifying for any patient, but when that cancer may rob you of one of your gifts, it can be even more so. It’s the compassion of the care providers that can help make that journey easier.

Recently, Liz Pettinger entered Methodist Hospital for neck surgery after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer. As a singer, to say she was anxious about the procedure might be an understatement. Given the nature of the cancer and its treatment, she worried about her life, health and livelihood, describing herself as “anxiety-ridden” over what her future might hold.

“Upon waking up from anesthesia,” Pettinger wrote, “I was greeted by my nurses with understanding and patience. They had solutions for my problems, and encouragement for my fears. They also addressed all my concerns, and if they didn’t know the answer, they were sure to call my doctor to make sure. Everyone was excellent. Everyone made me feel like I was the most important person they were caring for. And every day I will thank God that I made it through this scary time in my life with the help of the wonderful nurses of 6 North at Methodist Hospital.”

One of those nurses was Sarah Bell, BSN, RN, from the Progressive Care unit at Methodist Hospital. Sarah was by Liz’s side through one of the scariest moments of her recovery.  Liz says she made all the difference with her expertise and caring throughout a drop in calcium levels.

Sarah Bell, BSN, RN, with patient Liz Pettinger

“I was sure I was having a stroke or heart attack,” Liz wrote. “I really thought something very serious was happening. And it was, but Sarah very calmly held my hand and put a heart monitor on me, consistently telling me and reassuring me that my heart was beating fast, but it was just fine.”

Sarah made calls to rush the necessary IV medication, and Liz noted, “as if this wasn’t enough, she also skipped her lunch to sit with me because my family was not there. I know in the medical profession many of the things I mentioned may not seem very scary, but to me, I was terrified. I was afraid I was dying. I am sure another nurse could have helped me, but I was so lucky to have Sarah there. She got me through.

For all the healing and hope that Sarah provided during her stay at Methodist, Liz nominated her for the January DAISY Award for Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital. The award honors and celebrates nurses for providing outstanding care.

“The compassion she showed for me was extraordinary,” said Liz. “She went above and beyond to help me.”

The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates extraordinary skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Nurses can be nominated by anyone, including patients, family members, physicians, supervisors or their peers.

To nominate a nurse at Methodist Hospital or Methodist Women’s Hospital, visit

Katina Granger is a blogger and PR/Social Media Specialist for Methodist Health System.
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