Two SMH nurses receive prestigious award
Two nurses at Saline Health System were recently 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.
Saline Memorial Hospital recipients are Amy Harris and Cresta Ledbetter.
Harris, a registered nurse in the surgical unit, was nominated by a patient for her “compassionate and professional” spirit. This patient noted that Harris was like “a friend taking care of me.” She said that Harris made her feel “loved, cared for and safe.”
Ledbetter, a registered nurse and acute rehab nursing director, recently received the DAISY Nurse Leader Award. This is the first nurse leader award presented by Saline Health System.
“Cresta role models caring behaviors and provides a setting where compassion is valued,” said Katie Lea, chief nursing officer. “Her staff, in turn, treats her and their patients and families with respect and humanity. We are so thankful for Cresta and her dedication to our coworkers and patients.”
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, 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 award recipient is chosen by a committee at Saline Health System to receive the DAISY Award. Awards are presented 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.”
“In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people,” according to the certificate. 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 Saline Health System 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. Nurses are heroes every day,” Lea said. “It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and the DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.
This is one initiatives 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 www.daisyfoundation.org.