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John C. Lincoln Hospitals’ First DAISY Award Winners Named

DAISY Award

The DAISY Award for Exceptional Nurses was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease.

The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this national award to say thank you to nurses everywhere. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

The family’s goal is to ensure that nurses know how deserving they are of our society's profound respect for the education, training, brainpower and skill they put into their work, and especially for the caring with which they deliver their care. The foundation also funds nursing research and awards for nursing faculty.

Here are the winners and excerpts from their nominations. All recipients were nominated by patients:

Patty Herrera, RN, BSN
Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital

This nurse provided exceptional care throughout my brief stay at the North Mountain facility. I was admitted for a cardiac event which required emergency surgery. Not only did she perform above expectation, she helped my wife understand the procedures I received and how to best deal with the stress this emergency situation created.

She took time to help me understand what was done and how to best deal with my fear and uncertainty after this procedure. Her exceptional attitude and attention to my needs should serve as an example for nurses everywhere She exemplifies the spirit and values of John C. Lincoln. She is an asset and treasure.

Jim Muhlenfeld, RN
Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital

My husband had open heart aortic valve replacement, and this nurse cared for him in CVICU. My husband had an attachment to the Raphael Angels hanging behind the nurses’ station in CVICU. Our son passed away in 2005 and he had a special love for the Raphael Angels. So did Fred.

When my husband left CVICU for the step down unit, he confided in me that it "worried" him that his angels were not watching over him anymore. He become depressed and didn’t want to eat. The minute this nurse heard of this, he went to a computer, searched out the Raphael Angels, made copies of them and brought them to Fred in the step down unit.

This nurse called him a "winner" and convinced him to "fight the good fight" and get well. We will never forget him or his caring, gentle ways.

Angelina Radau, RN, BSN
Pediatrics, John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital

Nurse Angie treated us like family during our recent overnight stay. She nurtured and cared for our son while displaying knowledge and kindness. She answered all our questions, went above and beyond simple caring. When we left the hospital, we actually missed her.No one has ever impacted our hearts so quickly before.

The DAISY Award recipients must consistently demonstrate excellence, provide a consistent focus on meeting patient and family goals through patient-centered care, exemplify the Mission, Vision and Values of John C. Lincoln Health Network, collaborate with the health care team to meet the patient’s needs, and serve as a role model for the nursing profession.

DAISY Awards will be given quarterly to nurses at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital and John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital. Those who are nominated each receive a pin and a note of recognition. Nurses can be nominated by patients, family members, physicians and co-workers, and forms are available at both hospitals.

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