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ER nurse thrives in fast-paced environment

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Luxley Daniels

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Luxley Daniels likes being an emergency department nurse because there is a lot of adrenaline and the work is at a high pace.

"Well, for one, I don't like sitting down too much," Daniels said of why he particularly likes the speed of his job.

Additionally, Daniels said the job requires a lot of critical thinking on the go because this is not about taking care of a patient over a long period of hours.

"It's here, in the present, now," Daniels said.

Daniels, 48, is a registered nurse and has been in nursing for 15 years. He has worked in Nash UNC Health Care's emergency department since June 2018.

He said the Nash UNC emergency department is quite a busy place. He said that is because there are a lot of sick patients, along with patients who are victims of unexpected and unexplained accidents.

And he made clear he goes out of his way to help patients.

"They get all of my attention," he said. "I'm very good with listening. Although it's a fast-paced environment, I take the time to sit down eye-to-eye, eye level, with the patient and their families and listen to their concerns and address them as best as I can."

Emergency Department Director Kim Langston said Daniels always devotes his full energies to both patients and staff.

“A patient recently reached out to ask me to thank Luxley for his compassionate care during her stay at Nash. She mentioned that she was very appreciative of the care he provided and he went above and beyond for her,” she said. “Luxley never walks by a room if someone needs something, whether it is a colleague or patient in need.

“I have seen him hold a patient's hand when they were distraught and listen to their concerns and fears.”

As for what the Nash UNC team is like, Daniels said, "I think we serve the same cause as wanting to take care of our sick patients in the community — and they do enjoy what they do."

Citing his experience, he emphasized he tries to nurture the new nurses by encouraging them about the processes and the things they need to do to perform their duties.

He said he does so by learning their idiosyncrasies, behaviors and mannerisms, developing relationships with them and being open to their questions.

“He sets the example for others by communicating in a positive way to patients, visitors and staff,” Langston said. “On a busy day, I saw Luxley walk over to one our new graduates, pat them on the back and say: 'We have got this' and 'You are doing great.'”

Daniels was born in Guyana, South America, and raised in New York City. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1988-2001 and was an electrician. He achieved the rank of petty officer first class.

After completing military service, he went into nursing because of a family tradition of members who served in the medical profession.

After graduating in 2003 with an associate degree in nursing from Norfolk State University in Virginia’s Hampton Roads area, he began working in Hampton Roads for Bon Secours Health System. Along the way, he earned a bachelor's degree in nursing, also from Norfolk State.

Daniels is not the only registered nurse in the family household.

His wife, Charity Daniels, 43, holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Old Dominion University, also in Hampton Roads.

The couple has six children, with one in Charlotte and another in Hampton Roads.

As for how long he intends to continue working as an emergency department nurse, Luxley Daniels said, "As long as I am ticking."

"I wouldn't have it any other way," he said.

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