I would like to nominate Debra Cherry, a nurse in the TTU/Ambulatory Care Unit, Assessment/Triage. We have known Debbie since Caleb became a patient at St. Jude in 2002, when she worked in the PCC A/T. Debbie has never been just about doing her job. She has always treated us like family and made Caleb feel special, requesting he sing to her every time she saw him. Anyone that can take a child's mind off the needle he is about to get is pretty special in my book! Year after year, as we come back to the hospital, Caleb still asks where Mrs. Debbie is. And he loves it that she still asks him to sing to her, even if he refuses because he is too cool for that now!
You could probably get a similar story from many patients regarding Debbie Cherry. Just about every day a patient comes to TTU Assessment Triage looking for Ms. Debbie. She is wonderful with the patients. She has been known to calm down an irate patient just by saying, “Now you know I’m your friend.” There are patients who learned to love her and trust her when they were younger and were St. Jude patients and now completely trust her skills as they bring their child here for treatment. She is very much a team player and is always looking to help out when needed. Whether it is starting a much needed IV for an Endocrine Stim test, helping to hold a patient for an injection, or checking the crash cart for a co-worker who has the day off she exemplifies teamwork and excellence. Debbie is a wonderful nurse and team mate.