Arianna Graziadei
November 2017
Acute Care for the Elderly Unit
Anne Arundel Medical Center
United States




Arianna is the most caring, compassionate, selfless nurse I have ever had the honor to work with. What makes this wonderful person more impressive is that she only has a few years of experience. But her passion and desire to truly care for patients, and families are apparent every shift. Not just take care of these people, but care for them. Arianna is the kind of nurse I would want to care for my family member. She is not just clinically strong. She connects with the patient and the family to treat the whole person. I have seen countless patients and families hug her, thank her, cry with her, and shower her with gifts of gratitude.

Recently there was a 74-year-old woman with multiple medical issues admitted with acute pancreatitis. She was on TPN awaiting improvement of her labs for surgery. She developed pneumonia and her chronic co-morbidities were causing her to decline. Her daughter was having a difficult time with goals of care. Arianna spent the day counseling the family who ultimately made the difficult decision for comfort care. She started a morphine drip and ensured the patient was comfortable and could spend the end of her life in peace and dignity.

Every day she makes connections with patients and families and has an unbelievable memory for not only what they need, but what they want.

Another exemplary quality is her team focus and concern for what is best for the patient and unit. We received a patient of ACE whom we were unaware was confused and impulsive. The patient was placed in a room far from the nurses' station, which is not conducive to that type of patient. Arianna saw the patient going into the room and recalled her from previously taking care of her. She immediately said the room was not appropriate for the patient's safety and said she had just discharged a patient from a much better located room and called the charge nurse and asked to have the patient moved. Not many nurses willingly request to have a confused impulsive patient assigned to them, but she does not think twice. She truly wants to provide every patient and family with extraordinary care. She inspires me every day, to be a team member, a caring nurse, a better person.