Naomi was working in the ED on a night when the ICU was subjected to a 'code blue' on two occasions for the same patient. The patient's condition taxed an already full ICU to its maximum, and due to these circumstances and a very distraught family that required much attention, the staff in ICU fell behind in their scheduled work. They were destined to work many overtime hours just to catch up. As her team leader, I approached Naomi in the ED to ask if she would consider going to the ICU to assist. Before I could finish my sentence, Naomi was already grabbing her stethoscope and heading off to help her colleagues, her last words being, "consider it done". She never questioned what she would be doing or why ICU staff needed assistance; she was just eager to help. She readily assisted ICU nurses that night with drawing lab work, administering medications, and talking with patients and families. The ICU staff were relieved to know they could rely on someone so skillful and professional in a true team player fashion.
For those of us that are lucky enough to work with Naomi, this is easily overlooked as just 'Naomi being Naomi'. She never fails to be there to assist her fellow coworkers in the ED, or take time to make an ED-hold patient know they are getting the same level of care as if they were in a room on a unit. It is this willingness to help another nurse, a patient or family member that is exemplified by her specific actions on that night, but 'Naomi being Naomi' is what really defines her as a great DAISY Award Honoree and a great colleague.