Bringing calm and comfort to patients and families

Masonic Mission Award

When it comes to making hospital stays a little less scary, Masonic Mission Awardee Amy Higgins has just the right touch. 

A general pediatrics nurse at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Higgins takes the time to get to know each of her patients, connecting with them in a variety of ways depending on their age. 

“For infants, this looks like me bouncing them back to sleep; for a toddler or younger child, I play with them or sing them a song; for older children or teens, I ask them about their interests,” she says. “Hospitalizations can be a very stressful time, but I strive to bring calm and comfort to our patients and families.” 

This commitment is precisely why Amy was nominated for the Masonic Mission Award. Her nominator writes: 

"Amy did more than just provide exceptional care, she was there for us as if she were family members. Amy exceeded all expectations as far as nursing is concerned, as she kept close watch on our child’s well-being. She went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure we were all comfortable in the most difficult time of our lives. We met many kind nurses, but without a doubt, hands-down, Amy deserves more than this award, she should have a bronzed statue created in her honor to symbolize the true meaning of the title 'registered nurse.'"


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