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Pirkle gets Nightingale Award in Crown Point

Patti Pirkle R.N. (left) 34-year Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse receives an honorary pas part Franciscan St. AnthonyÕs 2014 Nightingale

Patti Pirkle, R.N. (left), a 34-year Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse, receives an honorary pin as part of Franciscan St. AnthonyÕs 2014 Nightingale Award, from Carol Schuster, Franciscan Alliance regional chief nursing officer. | Supplied photo

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Updated: May 20, 2014 2:56PM



CROWN POINT — Vulnerable little babies are cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit at Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point.

The level of care is such that registered nurse Patti Pirkle has been selected to receive the 2014 Nightingale Award. She received the award during National Nurses Week earlier this month.

She received her honorary pin from Carol Schuster, Franciscan Alliance regional chief nursing officer.

Pirkle started her career at Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Hammond and moved to Crown Point in 2011. She was chosen for her “ultimate compassion” for patients and families, according to a release from the professional development council of Shared Decision Making, which annually chooses a winner.

In the neonatal intensive care unit, Pirkle usually is the first to take a fragile newborn on a ventilator from its bed to his or her mother’s arms, and is often sought by parents who visit the unit to show a child’s progress after the baby has been released from the hospital.

Pirkle, of Schererville, expressed her gratitude and love for her parents, her husband and their children as well as patients and their families, hospital administration and coworkers.

“God steered me to the NICU and I am truly blessed,” Pirkle said.

The award is named for the legendary nurse Florence Nightingale, who is called the founder of modern nursing, hospital spokesman Bill Bero said.



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