Bridget Horton ’22, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing
DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students recipient
Bridget Horton has always been a caring, sensitive, and empathetic person. These were characteristics she thought were her weaknesses and something she needed to improve upon – until she started nursing school. Through her education, she learned that nursing is not just a science, but also an art that requires compassion and listening to the needs of patients.
For Horton, the best part of nursing is being able to form close relationships with those who are putting their health and trust in her hands. She creates deep, meaningful relationships with her patients by getting to know their lives, families, interests, hobbies, and more. By building these relationships, Horton establishes trust and respect in which she can properly cater a patient’s plan of care to fit their own personal objects and goals.
Horton also recognizes that patient advocacy is another important aspect of nursing care. While she strongly advocates on behalf of patients, she also encourages her patients to advocate for themselves. She reminds patients that they have a right to make many decisions about their treatment, even when things may feel outside of their control, which often results in a more trusting and respectful health care environment.
“I work hard to be the best nurse possible and am excited to continue learning throughout my experiences within my nursing career and will continue to enjoy the best part of nursing — the art of nursing,” says Horton.
About the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students
The DAISY in Training Student Award was created to remind nursing students, even on their hardest days in nursing school, why they want to be a nurse. It recognizes nursing students for the above-and-beyond care and compassion they show patients and their families as they are learning what it means to be a nurse. Nominees demonstrate commitment to compassionate care of patients and families, make a connection with patients, families, and peers by building trust and respect, advocate strongly for patients, and demonstrate exceptional skill.