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A Dynamic Duo

Northside nurses are well known for going above and beyond, and we’re proud of every member of our nursing staff for the daily contributions they make.

Sometimes, though, it’s important to recognize those whose actions stand out. We’re celebrating Nurses Andy Gish and Susie Drew, who were nominated for the 2018 AJC Nursing Excellence Awards for their passion, dedication and life-saving skills.

Andy is an emergency room nurse with 12-years’ experience who is nominated by Nurse Manager Reese Craig. In addition to her duties in the ER, Andy has developed an expertise in combating opioid dependence and works tirelessly to address this growing national problem.

Reese writes: “Andy provided education to the Georgia ENA’s local chapter of nurses, nurses at multiple facilities, and several schools regarding the drug epidemic and resources available,” adding that Andy “exemplifies a nurse who has truly gone above and beyond to impact such a widespread community issue.”

We’re proud of Andy for her nomination and for her dedication to helping others, whether it’s at work or on her own time. She’s setting the kind of example we’ve come to expect from our nursing team!

Nurse Manager Nancy Corbin nominated Perinatal Nurse Susie Drew for her quick thinking and decisive action during a recent Code Blue. Nancy recounts reaching the room where the patient was and seeing Susie doing chest compressions. Even after the rest of the team arrived, Susie continued doing compressions, determined to save the patient, who was the mother of seven children.

Nancy writes: “After what seemed to be a lifetime, the mother regained a pulse and she was then transferred to the ICU where she was placed on a cooling blanket and on the ventilator. It was grim for the first 24-36 hours.”

As the mother slowly began to make positive progress, Susie continued to check on her every day and on the fifth day, when the patient was up and around, she met the nurse who helped save her life and called her “my Susie.”

She’s “our Susie” too, and we couldn’t be more proud of her determination and dedication, which gave both a mom and her newborn a new lease of life.

To both Andy and Susie, and their supervisors, we say congratulations and thank you for setting a standard everyone at Northside can be proud of!

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