Surgery can be a scary thought ─ but when it’s a necessary treatment, having a great nurse on your side can make all the difference. Sandra Cohee, RN, of Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Same Day Surgery Department was recently honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses after she went above and beyond to ensure that a patient’s fears were completely quelled.
The patient’s wife thanked Cohee for going the extra mile for her husband, who was dreading the experience. Cohee coordinated a meeting with the patient, his family and the nursing staff, so he could meet everyone involved in his care before and after the surgery. She also came in early on the day of his surgery to accompany him to his pre-operation preparation, and walked him through the process, assuring him that friendly faces would be there when he woke up. “She proceeded smoothly and professionally, explaining everything she was doing so that he actually participated with her,” the patient’s wife wrote. She said that he “cried with gratefulness and relief that his fears were not realized and his experience went so smoothly.”
The DAISY Award is a national program to recognize the outstanding efforts of nurses in their daily work. Cohee was honored in a ceremony before her colleagues, receiving a certificate commending her 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.” She was also given fresh daisies, and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. To nominate an exceptional nurse, visit www.peninsula.org/DaisyAward and share a story.
“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 firsthand 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.”