Two SMH nurses re­ceive pres­ti­gious award

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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.

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