Teamwork is critical in a hospital setting, and nowhere is that more clear than in Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department, which handles 90,000 patient visits every year. And when the patient is just 6 days old, that teamwork, along with clinical skill and compassion, must be truly exceptional. That’s why Peninsula Regional was pleased to honor two registered nurses from the Emergency Department with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, based on a nomination from a family member of that tiny, vulnerable patient.
It all started when the infant was diagnosed with serious, life-threatening condition in the Emergency Department. “Robin was the nurse that had the task of starting medications that are rarely used, as well as assisting the neonatologist with placement of a central line,” the baby’s aunt said. “She was very professional and compassionate with her care. Dave Stroud took over for her at 7 p.m. Dave was very calm and took great care of the baby as her parents waited for the team from Children’s National Medical Center to get to PRMC. He not only took care of the patient but provided exceptional service by taking care of our family as well. Dave made the infant’s mother feel relaxed and at ease. They both did an excellent job.”
Nurses selected to receive the DAISY Award are honored in a ceremony before their colleagues, receiving a certificate commending her or him for being 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.” The honoree is also given a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. To nominate a nurse, visit www.peninsula.org/DaisyAward.
“We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day,” said PRMC Chief Nursing Officer Mary Beth D’Amico. “It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued.”
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick 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. 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.
President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation Bonnie Barnes said, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at PRMC are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”