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Recognizing Others--SO HAPPY - October 31st 2016, 12:48 AM

During my internship at the stress center, Dan (one of the nurses) and I had an interesting history.

The first time....I thought I misplaced my key (big deal in a psych unit!) They were about to start checking rooms and the patients....until it was discovered that my key was on my desk in the therapy office. I had to personally hand him my key since I couldn't keep track of it. Then I didn't have a key the rest of my shift. Good lesson, though

Another time, I knew my key was back in the therapy office. Dan was the only one available. So I went up to him and quietly asked him if he would let me in the back therapy office. He grunted, "I don't know why we check out a key to you." So embarrassing.

When I was hospitalized there, I went up to him and told him, "Well, I'm a patient now so you don't have to worry about me losing a key." We laughed awhile at that.

He came to the ER to assess me after my attempt. My first thought, "Damn, it's Dan. Just great." He was a blessing in disguise. He very gently, but firmly told me that I can and should be doing well. He brought up how well I did during my internship. In many ways, he nicely said "What the hell were you thinking?!" I got more respect for him that day.

That hospital has a program where patients can nominate staff for a guardian angel recognition. I made a donation to one of the hospital's funds, and nominated him.

Out of curiosity, I checked the hospital's guardian angel website....and there he was, smiling with his certificate!!! He got it and I'm so happy!! I hope it brought some joy to his life. Really, he didn't tell me anything I didn't know...it was how he said it. When I'm sad, I think about what he said to me. And how I was the student that couldn't keep track of her key.

Thanks, Dan.
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Re: Recognizing Others--SO HAPPY - October 31st 2016, 12:59 PM

Maybe even though Dan grunted sometimes about the key he really did kind of find it funny in his own way, heh. He definitely cares about you and thought more of you than just the student that couldn't keep track of her key! It was super nice of you that you donated and nominated him and I bet with the way he was smiling with the certificate, he really loved it.

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Re: Recognizing Others--SO HAPPY - October 31st 2016, 01:45 PM

Awww, it's very touching that Dan was there for you, and you recognised that by nominating him for guardian angel recognition. So glad he got it too. Sounds like he made a really big impact on you!

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Re: Recognizing Others--SO HAPPY - October 31st 2016, 07:01 PM

Dan sounds like an amazing person, I'm so glad he was there to help you he sounds like he really deserves the award

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Re: Recognizing Others--SO HAPPY - November 2nd 2016, 08:08 PM

I nominated two more people! One is one of the psychiatrists that works up there. The other, is the recreation therapist. She's so sweet and has worked there for a long time. I really look up to her. She said she is fine being a job reference. I made hers anonymous. As long as she gets it, I'm happy.
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