Nurses at Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) are being honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ®. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.
Six DAISY nominee RN recipients were recognized -- Lauren Becker, Courtney Castle, Laurie Fritzler, Connie Hall, Donna Ragland and Linda Speedie.
The DAISY Award winner for this quarter overall was Linda Speedie RN, an ICU nurse nominated by her co-worker. The application letter highlighted her PETALS in how she connects her experience in nursing and shares her knowledge with others as well as her ability to be a team player that "steps up to the plate" and helps others putting patients before herself. Linda always gives back and it shows!
Karen Lyons, Speedie's nurse manager notes, "A good nurse can be described as someone who makes patients feel comfortable and who is also adequately able to attend to the care needs of their patients. Linda has mastered this."
The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. The quarterly DAISY award recipient is chosen through a select Daisy Committee and DCMH's TEAM MASH through a scoring rubric recognizing the nurse's PETALS (passion, empathy, trust, admirable attributes, love and selflessness). Applications are blinded to these committees and scored. Awards are presented four times throughout the year at celebrations attended by the honoree's colleagues, patients, and visitors. Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "extraordinary nurse." The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer's Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.
Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, president and co-founder of the DAISY Foundation, said, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do. The kind of work the nurses at DCMH are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of the DAISY Award."
DAISY coordinator Dawn Arnett commented, "We are proud to be among the health care organizations participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day. It's important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that." Nominees from April, May and June will be honored at the hospital's July 11 Critical Care Conference.