Walker Baptist nurse named a 'Tenet Hero'

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A nurse at Walker Baptist Medical Center has been named a "Tenet Hero" for her work at the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registered nurse Sharon Hudson received the 2020 Tenet Heroes Award earlier this month. She works in the medical surgical intensive care unit at Walker Baptist.

“Sharon has inspired us through her actions to make a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of others,” Walker Baptist Medical Center Associate Administrator Suzanne Pugh said in a press release. “We are grateful for Sharon’s efforts, selfless nature and commitment to compassionate care, particularly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are proud to work alongside her as part of our Walker Baptist family.”

Hudson reportedly experienced personal loss during the COVID-19 pandemic but continued to serve patients, many of whom were not able to see their family members for days, weeks, or even months while receiving treatment at the hospital. Like many nurses, Hudson served to provide medical care and be a comforting presence.

A poster to recognize Hudson for her work reads that "Sharon is known for her 'grit' in dealing with tough situations in the most diligent manner. Her peers describe her as 'focused, yet humble.'

"Despite dealing with personal loss during the pandemic, Sharon cares for COVID patients as if each one is a member of her own family and helps to play an integral role in their support, knowing firsthand many of these patients are unable to receive visitors. Her kind heart and compassion have played a pivotal role during such a challenging time — not only with her Walker Baptist family, but also with patients and their families." 

Her fellow colleagues nominated Hudson for the Tenet Heroes program that recognizes Tenet employees for dedication to their communities and places of work.