Jillian Emmons, RN

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.

Ten DAISY nominee registered nurse recipients were recognized Oct. 25 at DCMH by Dawn Arnett, medical surgical unit manager/ DAISY coordinator. The nominees were: Rhonda Galvin, Amber Medina, Vallerie Bucani, Lisa Garcia, Lorie Spencer, Kayleigh Wright, Nysha Wilson, Traci Stroh, Jillian Emmons, Nazlie Funk, Mindy Smith and Jody Moore.

The DAISY Award winner for this quarter overall was Jillian Emmons, RN, the emergency department (ED) trauma nurse coordinator nominated by a co-worker. The application letter highlighted her work with the trauma program as well as emergency preparedness and community projects such as Stop the Bleed and moving forward with Ready OP.

Emmons’ ED director, Karen Lyons said, “Jillian is an outstanding employee and community member. She has been instrumental in emergency preparedness and the Trauma Program for our hospital and community. Jillian is passionate about trauma and her role within the community making it a safer place for all.”

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Barnes 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 Barnes 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 T.E.A.M. M.A.S.H through a scoring rubric recognizing the nurses P.E.T.A.L.S., (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.

“When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night,” said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, president and co-founder of The DAISY Foundation. “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.”

“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program,” said DAISY Coordinator Dawn Arnett. “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.” We will honor our next quarter nominees for October, November and December 2019 in January of 2020.

This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation to express gratitude to the nursing profession. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at DAISYfoundation.org.

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