Carrie Palmer is Blount Memorial Hospital’s March employee of the month.
A two-year employee of the hospital, Palmer is a registered nurse in the hospital’s oncology unit.
Her supervisor says, “Carrie is a very caring and compassionate nurse who loves working with oncology patients. She loves to teach and educate patients, and she has developed a teaching poster and guides for our Hispanic patients to help them understand their treatments and the effects of chemotherapy. She always is warm and friendly with patients and families, while providing the best-possible care. Carrie is an asset to the nursing profession.”
Palmer says the best part of her job is her patients. “Even though they are going through a traumatic and stressful time in their lives, they are some of the most appreciative and gracious people you will ever meet,” she said.
She said her most memorable experience on the job was when she “had to work on a day I needed to be off, but when my first patient of the day saw me, his face lit up and he exclaimed ‘I’m so glad it’s you here with me today. I always know it will be a good day when you are here.’ It humbled me to hear him say that and helped me refocus my attention.”
Outside the workplace, the Maryville resident enjoys cake decorating, reading and boating with her family. She also is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society.