Stephanie Berglind of Peninsula Wound & Hyperbaric Center earned the Daisy Award for Exceptional Nurses for May 2015.
Nurses have many job duties, but singing definitely isn’t on the list. That didn’t matter to Stephanie Berglind, RN, whose patient at the Peninsula Wound & Hyperbaric Center was shaking and tearful in the waiting room, nervous about her coming wound evaluation.
“Stephanie noticed the patient singing to herself. ‘It calms me,’ the patient said. Stephanie jumped right in and began singing ‘Amazing Grace’ along with the patient, showing great compassion and empathy. Together, they were able to get through a very difficult visit. She earned the patient’s trust and made her experience a very positive one,” one of Berglind’s colleagues wrote while nominating her for a Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses. For going above and beyond, Berglind was chosen as the recipient of the award for May.
Berglind was honored with the Daisy Award in a ceremony before her colleagues, and received 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.
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.”