I had the privilege and good fortune, I might add, of meeting Hailey when I was rolled into the room after surgery. Even though I was still in somewhat of a "fog", it didn't take long for me to figure out that I was in the care of a special nurse. She and I quickly hit it off, and she managed to gain my complete trust. It is hard to explain how things like this happen, but I instantly knew I was in good hands with this nurse in my corner. During the time I was slowly awakening after my surgery, everything appeared to be running smoothly when one small pesky problem literally popped its head up. It seems that two wires, reaching into my heart were deliberately left in place so as to be available in the rare event that a pacemaker was needed. The contraption was protruding out of my neck, and a small (actually, a very small) amount of blood was escaping. This is when Hailey sprang into action. To stop the drippage, she attempted Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, Plan D, Plan E... and so on every 20-30 minutes. The leaking blood seemed to have a mind of its own, and the children's game of "Whack-A-Mole" came to mind. She kept a going right up to the end of her shift. Her confidence and composure were contagious, and I suspect if you check my blood pressure readings during this time frame you will find that my blood pressure was completely in the normal range. Even though events weren't progressing exactly as planned, Hailey managed to recognize and chuckle at my attempts of humor. If an outsider had witnessed the events of the afternoon, he or she would have noticed not only the nurse's concern, maturity, and good nature, but also her tenacity and perseverance. The fact that she is in charge of taking care of patients who have just had surgery speaks volumes about her clinical expertise. Combined with her empathy, which she clearly demonstrated, it is easy to see why I think she is special. A younger person (or an older person, for that matter) aspiring to consider nursing as a career would do well to watch her in action. I consider her to be a professional's professional. As the time finally arrived for the end of her shift, it was poignant to realize our paths would probably never cross again. In conclusion, I will merely say I heartily believe she is a true DAISY Nurse.