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Excellence in Action: Bariatric nurse honored with DAISY Award

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Excellence in Action: Bariatric nurse honored with DAISY Award FirstHealth

PINEHURST — Christi Embler, BSN, R.N., CBN, has been recognized as a DAISY Award winner for FirstHealth of the Carolinas. 

Embler, who serves as the nursing education liaison for the FirstHealth Bariatric Center, was nominated for the award by Melissa Herman, who manages Bariatric Services. 

“Christi has a unique role in that she is responsible for the nursing education and care for patients pre-operatively, post-operatively and beyond,” Herman wrote in her nomination letter. “She exemplifies such caring, compassion and true brilliance in her field. She can empathize with patients who are struggling, reassure patients who are fearful and provide instruction to patients who are confused. No matter the day or time, Christi puts patient need first.”

Embler earned a B.S. degree in communication with a minor in marketing from Appalachian State University and worked in the marketing industry before deciding to become a nurse. She earned an associate degree in nursing from Sandhills Community College in 2010 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2015 from ASU. 

“Christi’s level of professionalism and caring spirit make the weight-loss surgery journey a less frightening experience for our patients,” Herman wrote. “Christi takes each patient under her wing, rallies around them with positivity and works her magic, reassuring them as nurse, mentor and friend. This is the true spirit of nursing, and we are fortunate to witness her work in action. She exemplifies FirstHealth’s mission and vision and demonstrates the highest level of nursing excellence.”

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was established by the Daisy Foundation, a not-for-profit, based in Glen Ellen, California. The foundation was started by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.

The care Barnes and his family received from nurses inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients’ families. Today, there are more than 2,800 health care facilities in all 50 states and 17 other countries honoring their nurses with the DAISY Award.

FirstHealth of the Carolinas, which includes Moore Regional Hospital, Moore Regional Hospital–Richmond, Moore Regional Hospital–Hoke and Montgomery Memorial Hospital, recognizes an extraordinary nurse each month, and has since 2014.

For more information on the DAISY Award, or to nominate a deserving nurse, visit FirstHealth’s website.