ER Nurse Honored by Border Patrol & Hospital, Thursday

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 7:30am

What: Ceremony honoring UAMC nurse Laura Rodriguez, RN

When: 7:30 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014

Where: UAMC – Diamond Children’s Lobby, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

A discerning Emergency Department nurse at the University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus will be honored with a Tucson Station “coin” from the U.S. Border Patrol and a DAISY Award for excellent nursing from UAMC in a ceremony Thursday morning at the hospital.

Laura Rodriguez, RN, was nominated for a DAISY Award -- an honor bestowed each month by the hospital for outstanding care by a UAMC nurse -- by Watch Commander Stephen B. Spencer of the Tucson Border Patrol Station.

Nurse Rodriguez was on duty in January in the UAMC Emergency Department at the arrival by ambulance of Border Patrol Agent James Grayson, who was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident while on duty near Three Points, Ariz.

After a series of CT scans and X-rays, Agent Grayson initially was diagnosed with a scapula fracture and was being readied for discharge from the Emergency Department.  Nurse Rodriguez was concerned by the agent’s complaints about back pain, even though the scans had not indicated any problems in his spine. She urged physicians for a third set of CTs scans, which revealed fractures of several vertebrae.  Agent Grayson underwent surgery the next day for his broken back and was hospitalized for a week at UAMC.

“Due to Nurse Rodriguez’ skill set, awareness, persistence and collaboration with the medical staff, she was able to identify a serious traumatic injury as soon as possible and facilitate Agent Grayson’s immediate hospitalization in the orthopedic unit, surgery and ultimate convalescence,” Watch Commander Spencer wrote in his nomination.
Assignment editors: Media are welcome to attend this ceremony and interview Nurse Rodriguez, Agent Grayson and others.