Hattiesburg nurse recognized for National Nurses Week

Hattiesburg nurse recognized for National Nurses Week
Waitr presented Amber Richardson with a $500 credit for the on-demand restaurant delivery app. (Source: WDAM)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg nurse won’t have to worry about picking up lunch anytime in the near future.

Waitr recognized Amber Richardson, an ICU nurse at Forrest General Hospital, this week in honor of National Nurses Week. The on-demand restaurant delivery app presented Richardson with a $500 Waitr credit at her workplace, so now she can have her favorite restaurants delivered to her at work.

The prize was part of the company’s National Teacher and Nurse Appreciation Week Contest. Richardson was nominated by her husband, Donny Richardson, who said his wife is a hero.

“Her ability to care for these sick people and not only keep them alive, but somehow take these brutally broken-down bodies and return them to a state of health where they can function and even thrive astounds me, but that’s not the thing that makes my wife special," Donny said. "When she goes to work and takes her assignments for the day, these are not just patients, they are her patients - her people. She celebrates small victories and big ones alike with smiles, high fives and encouragement. She hugs families that are not her own and cries with them when they receive devastating news, because these were her people, too, even if only briefly.”

Richardson and Carey Arensberg, a teacher from Mobile, were selected from the nearly 3,000 nominations that were submitted nationwide for outstanding nurses and teachers.

Waitr also showed its appreciation by visiting local schools and hospitals during the week, delivering more than 10,000 donuts to nurses and educators in more than 250 cities in the southeastern United States.

“We’ve been celebrating all that our nurses and teachers give to the Hattiesburg community all week long, delivering goodies and bringing smiles at each visit,” said Regional Marketing Manager Kelsey Leblanc. “Nobody is more deserving of appreciation than these individuals who give so much of themselves to others, every day.”

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