Tami Barr, RN, is the 2012 Nursing Excellence Award winner at Children’s. She received the honor at a ceremony on May 9 at the hospital. We caught up with her to find out who she is and what makes her so special.
WHAT SHE DOES: Tami is a registered nurse in the Special Procedures Unit on the Children’s Dallas campus. Her primary duty is to administer infusions for patients who are treated in various departments around the hospital.
SHOCKED AND HUMBLED: When asked if she expected to win the Nursing Excellence Award, Tami simply said, “No, I didn’t expect it at all.” She told her friends and family “that I was very undeserving of the award and very surprised. I was very honored.”
MORE THAN A NURSE: She never calls the children she cares for “patients.” “They are her ‘babies,” Melissa Rowles, the clinical manager for Special Procedures, said. “Tami has created a bond with several patients and their families. They make sure she is going to be working before they make their appointments.”
TRANSFORMATIVE: Two autistic brothers, ages 4 and 6, have gone from throwing things at Tami when she first started working with them to hugging and blowing kisses to her. Moreover, they’re being cooperative with their treatment now. “I believe it’s because of the love and compassion Tami has shown toward them,” Rowles said.
FREE TIME, SCHMREE TIME: What does she do away from the hospital? “I have three teenage daughters,” Tami said. “That’s all I need to say.”
ROAD WARRIOR: She lives in Wylie, which, as we all know, is not close to the Children’s Dallas campus. “Sometimes I walk in and everyone knows by looking at my face that I’ve been stuck in traffic again. It’s taken me two hours to get here before. But, even then, seeing a patient smile makes it all worth it.”