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Resident’s TRAIL Award Honors RN for Teamwork

Growing up in Haiti, Deste Baptiste witnessed the benefits of U.S. medical missions on the health of his community. Inspired, he came to America in 2001 to become a nurse.

And a very good one at that. Now, less than two years after graduation from Bryan College of Health Sciences Nursing School, he has received the TRAIL Award, a new recognition from the University of Kansas Medical Center Internal Medicine residents. Every year they plan to recognize a nurse who demonstrates exceptional teamwork with residents, along with other characteristics.

“It is a privilege coming to work knowing I can have an impact on patients,” said Baptiste, part of the hospital’s hematology-oncology units. He especially likes to talk to residents about patient needs, sometimes making suggestions about their pain management or nausea.

“I’m always asking: ‘How can we improve patient care?’ We must be an advocate for the patient,” said Baptiste, who is pursuing his DNP and hopes to return to Haiti one day to open a clinic.

His commitment to patients and colleagues caught the attention of neurology resident Hala Samman, MD, who nominated Baptiste for the inaugural TRAIL award.

“He is a great nurse, excellent with his patients, very compassionate and caring and is also one of his patients’ biggest advocated,” she wrote. “He is also such a great communicator with the rest of the team, making sure the important issues are taken care of.

“I believe Deste is one of the best nurses I have worked with, and I always enjoy when we are co-caring for a patient,” Samman added. “I know that patient will be well cared for and have a positive experience at our hospital.”

Published by the University of Kansas Medical Center on July 9, 2015.

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