Daisies are in season in East Tennessee, including one very special kind of daisy at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.
“The DAISY Award provides an opportunity to recognize our nursing staff for outstanding work and commitment to providing the best care to our patients,” said Lynda Watts, chief nursing officer at Fort Sanders Regional.
DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. When J. Patrick Barnes of Seattle, Washington, died as a result of an autoimmune disease, his family wanted to honor the nurses who had cared for him, so they created The DAISY Award.
Now presented in healthcare organizations throughout the U.S. and 22 other countries, The DAISY Award is given to nurses who go above and beyond their usual job requirements to offer compassionate, skilled care in a way that is particularly outstanding. At Fort Sanders Regional, patients, their families or hospital staff nominate nurses, and a committee of hospital leaders selects the winners.
April 2018 – June 2019 DAISY Award Recipients
Jim is dedicated to his craft and is an excellent nurse who goes the extra mile to take care of his patients. Critical care is Jim’s “niche.” He pays attention to every detail and does more than what is required to make both the patient and family feel comfortable.
After working a 12-hour shift, Mark made a special trip to the laundromat where he knew a patient’s husband was washing clothes. Mark wanted to make sure he had transportation back to the hospital. The husband and wife were from out of town and Mark went above and beyond to help them while the patient recovered from surgery.
Summer was nominated for the way she cared for a long-term patient who spoke little English and was on a ventilator in critical care. Summer was empathetic, always explaining to him what she was doing, and made him feel comfortable while he was under her care.
Linn is quick to think outside the box and develops creative solutions to help calm anxious patients. She is kind and compassionate, not only to her patients, but to all her fellow coworkers.
Erin was nominated by a patient and his wife. Following the patient’s cardiac episode, Erin demonstrated exemplary compassion during a worrisome time. The patient noted that Erin took the time to listen to all of his concerns and went above and beyond to accommodate his wife while she stayed by his side.
A patient who had recently experienced the loss of a family member nominated Susan. Susan shared a personal story with the patient that offered hope and gave the patient a remembrance bracelet off her own wrist as a token of support.
One patient’s spouse says all the nurses in the oncology unit have a special calling, but wanted to single out Emily for her helpful attitude and caring heart. Her nominator remarked that Emily was always running to help someone and consistently put her patients’ needs before her own.
Sierra was nominated by a colleague for her tenacity in assessing her patients and doing what is right for them. By asking in-depth questions, she detected a rare medical condition in one of her patients. Her nominator noted that Sierra’s clinical instincts are “second to none” and she has a true passion caring for others
Andrew, a former U.S. Marine, cared for a fellow military veteran. After learning of their shared military experiences, Andrew and he formed a special bond. The patient, a true war hero, had been awarded a Purple Heart in World War II. Although he unfortunately passed away, Andrew visited him and, as a final sign of respect, honored him with a salute.
Derrick was nominated by a patient’s daughter for going above and beyond to assist her mother. The patient was admitted to the emergency department feeling very ill, and Derrick gave her extra blankets to make her comfortable and went to the cafeteria to bring her soup. The patient was extremely weak and Derrick helped feed her. The patient’s family was amazed that despite his busy workload, he took the time to care for their mother. When they thanked him, Derrick humbly responded , “I am an RN. I took an oath to care for others.”
Mel was nominated by a patient’s sister for the special care provided to her brother during his time in the ICU. Each day, Mel took the time to assure that the patient was comfortable and to answer all of his family’s questions.
“We thank all of our winners for the clinical skill and compassion that represent the excellent nursing which takes place at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center everyday,” says Watts. Each honoree receives a special DAISY pin, a certificate commending him or her for being an extraordinary nurse, and a one-of-a-kind sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch ,” which is hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.