Ever since she was a teenager volunteering at the hospital, Miranda Newberry,
Good Samaritan Trauma Nurse Coordinator, has always gone out of her way
to help others. She recently was able to help victims of car accidents
on two separate occasions. The first was on April 13, 2017 when Miranda
came upon a crash on Highway 41 near Oaktown, Indiana. She provided critical
aid to a patient that had been ejected from the vehicle. Because of her
years of training and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations,
Miranda was able to stabilize the patient so they could be transported
to the hospital. After this incident, she contacted INDOT and, through
her persistence and determination, learned that they completed a study
on the area and were going to improve the dangerous intersection.
On June 15, 2017, Miranda unfortunately came upon another accident on Highway
61 where a vehicle had rolled. Not knowing what she would come across
as she approached the vehicle, Miranda was relieved to find the teenage
driver and her little sister awake, alert, and wearing their seat belts.
Miranda is committed to the safety of her community and works effortlessly
to provide injury prevention education, especially the importance of wearing
seat belts. When she is not in the hospital, she is working to improve
Good Samaritan’s trauma care and other ways to educate and prevent
injuries including teaching “Stop the Bleed”, “Matter
of Balance”, and providing car seat education and installation.
Without recognition or validation, she quietly works every day improving
the care of the trauma team and making a difference in our community.
Because of her commitment to patient safety, Miranda was recently named
the recipient of the 2018 Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Barbara A.
Foley for Quality, Safety and Injury Prevention Award for her quick response
in the face of an emergency and dedication to patient safety. The Barbara
A. Foley Award is a national award that recognizes a nurse who has developed,
implemented or advocated for quality, safety and/or injury prevention
initiatives that have resulted in improved outcomes in the emergency care
setting or at the local, state or national level.
“I am so proud of Miranda and her tireless effort in working with
injury prevention,” said Vicki Potts, Director of Acute Care. “Her
sole focus is providing the best care for every patient, every time.”
“I am very honored to be receiving the Barbara Foley Quality, Safety,
and Injury Prevention Award,” stated Newberry. “I have been
involved in the Emergency Nurses Association for many years and it is
very exciting to be receiving this award. It would not have been possible
without the help of the Trauma and ER team! I proudly look forward to
representing Good Samaritan and Indiana at the ENA National Conference.”
Miranda’s recent work also earned her other awards including: Good
Samaritan’s Shining Star Award, given to employees who go above
and beyond what is expected in their normal job duties; the Good Samaritan
Award, a special honor awarded to a Shining Star recipient chosen out
the year’s 12 winners; and the Indiana State Quality and Safety Award.
She will be presented her award at the ENA National Conference this September
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.