Meredith Barten, RN, OCN, is the newest member of AdventHealth Hendersonville’s DAISY Award Club.

Barten was honored for the compassionate care she provides to patients battling cancer.

Barten is a member of the nursing team at the AdventHealth Hematology Oncology Infusion Services Asheville office. Her teammates are quick to point out that she consistently looks for ways to connect with and make each patient feel treasured.

Barten’s nomination highlights one of the instances where she took extra steps to help a young patient who was struggling with the need for multiple infusion appointments every week.

The patient happened to be on the autism spectrum and was non-verbal. Every visit involved treatments that included many lab sticks, testing and long hours of infusions.

To reduce his stress and frustration, Barten took the patient as her own so he would have the same nurse each visit. She took the time to find out that he loved Batman and all things superheroes. She then ordered him Batman masks so he would be excited to wear his masks and protect his fragile immune system. During the patient’s appointments, Barten talked to him about superheroes to ease his anxiety and help him become excited to come in to see her.

Jessica Shuford, RN, clinical services manager for AdventHealth Cancer Services, nominated Barten.

“Meredith has soared in her compassion and care for this sweet patient. She built such a beautiful level of trust between this young man and his family, even though he was unable to communicate with her verbally. He was able to receive the best care possible because of the nurse she is,” Shuford said.

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