TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A local nurse was recognized today for the difference she’s made in the lives of patients, and also students, over the years.

Hamilton Center announced that MSN, NP, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Brooke Kempf has received the “Daisy Award.” It comes from the Daisy Foundation and recognizes nurses who go above and beyond in the work they do.

Kempf has served Hamilton Center and its consumers for over 17 years, she also teaches at IUPUI. One of her students, April Brown, is the person who nominated Kempf.

“I don’t show up to work to be recognized. I absolutely love my job. I love my patients and the consumers that we work with. For someone to recognize that and to give you an award for that, it is so meaningful and just something I will never forget, just honored,” said Kempf.

Kempf says she was surprised to receive the award.

“There are no words to explain how excited and honored I was because I know the group of people that I work with, the other individuals that I work with all go above and beyond.”

She added that she was thankful to her student for nominating her, and to the Hamilton Center for building her into the provider that she is today.

Kempf has held a variety of roles with the Hamilton Center including inpatient and outpatient nurse, and director of nursing.