Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center recently named three more nurses to the prestigious DAISY Award. The nurses are Mandy Clark, Center for Women and Families; Jennifer Bond, Med-Surg; and Elizabeth “Beth” Lewis, ICU-CCU.
The DAISY Award was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in 1999 at the age of 33 from an autoimmune disorder. His family was so moved by the care his nurses provided him that the family developed the award to honor nurses for the care they give.
Patients, families and co-workers can nominate a nurse for a DAISY Award at samhealth.org/DAISY. More information is available at daisyfoundation.org.
Lewis was nominated by the daughter of a critically ill patient whom Lewis cared for in 2020. The patient’s daughter, a critical care nurse herself, said Lewis was exceptional in the way she took the time to answer every question from the patient’s large family, and for her quick work to get the patient transferred to hospice.
“She never faltered. She attended to my father with the utmost care and integrity,” said Lewis’s nominator. “Within hours we had a nurse meeting with us and planning my father’s transition. She took exceptional care of my father and repeatedly dressed his weeping wounds with grace and care. Her excellent care did not go unnoticed and will never be forgotten.”
Clark was nominated by a co-worker for the special care she took of a family that lost their baby a few hours after birth. Because it was the middle of the night, the unit couldn’t locate a photographer to get pictures of the family before the baby passed, so Clark brought in her personal camera and took pictures for the family.
“It takes someone truly special to be able to care for and support our patient population through this raw and emotional time, balancing the physical and hemodynamic care of the mother, the emotional care of the mother and her partner, and postmortem care of their newborn,” Clark’s nominator wrote. “These parents now have over 300 photos of their child to cherish because of Mandy advocating for them.”
Bond was nominated by the wife of a former patient who was touched by her attention to detail and making sure everyone else involved with the patient’s care knew exactly what was happening.
“Jenn told us step-by-step everything and made sure night nurses were informed of everything going on,” her nominator said. “She even told them in front of us, so we knew they had been informed. She listened to our needs and took care of them promptly. This included small things like educating us about carbs and as small a detail as a straw for my husband’s drink. We cannot express how nice it was to be listened to. There were other nurses, but she shone like a brilliant star taking time to inform night staff of what my husband needed and his condition. We cannot be more thankful for her care.”
The DAISY Award includes a hand-carved Healers Touch sculpture from Shona artists in Zimbabwe, special rate for nursing certification renewal, a reduced tuition from Chamberlain University College of Nursing and the ability to apply for the Cherokee Nursing Conference Scholarship to help fund attendance at a nursing conference and support career advancement.
In addition, GSRMC sets aside two prime parking spots for DAISY Award honorees.