Accolades Written by Breann Lujan-Halcon

A Field of DAISYs

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As nurs­es’ week comes to a close, we encour­age you to thank a nurse. 

At Ivin­son we chose nurs­es’ week to thank all of our nurs­ing staff and shine a light on our DAISY Award Hon­orees. In the sec­ond year of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the DAISY Award Pro­gram, dozens of nurs­es at Ivin­son have been nom­i­nat­ed for their care and compassion.

The DAISY Foun­da­tion was formed in 1999 by the fam­i­ly of Patrick Barnes as a way to rec­og­nize and thank the nurs­es that cared for him. Since its for­ma­tion, the DAISY Award for Extra­or­di­nary Nurs­es has been adopt­ed in all 50 states and across 27 coun­tries. Ivin­son joined the DAISY Pro­gram to fur­ther rec­og­nize the extra­or­di­nary care that nurs­es pro­vide and give oth­ers the oppor­tu­ni­ty to thank their nurs­es, cowork­ers and friends for the hard work they do every day. 

DAISY Award Nurs­es are cel­e­brat­ed with a pre­sen­ta­tion on their unit in front of their peers. Show­ered with appre­ci­a­tion and cin­na­mon rolls, DAISY Hon­orees are pre­sent­ed with a keep­sake cer­tifi­cate of their award, a DAISY Award pin and a hand craft­ed sculp­ture. The life­long des­ig­na­tion of being a DAISY nurse comes with oppor­tu­ni­ties to con­tin­ue edu­ca­tion and mem­ber­ship perks. At Ivin­son, awardees are asked to sign the DAISY ban­ner that is dis­played on their unit over the quar­ter. The ban­ner dis­plays the sig­na­tures of the DAISY nurse that came before them. 

Ivin­son is a bet­ter place to work and receive care because of our ded­i­cat­ed nurs­ing staff. This year, Ivin­son has cel­e­brat­ed nurs­es across mul­ti­ple depart­ments and the ban­ner trav­elled across the hos­pi­tal in hon­or of these DAISY nurses:

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Brooke Weiss, RN – Emer­gency Department

As an emer­gency room nurse, Brooke often sees patients on some of their worst days. That was true for a patient that nom­i­nat­ed Brooke for her kind­ness and cred­its her out­stand­ing care for mak­ing one of the worst days of her life, a lit­tle more bearable. 

She was such a car­ing and patient nurse, who made me feel so com­fort­able while I was in her care. Brooke made an unbear­able sit­u­a­tion, almost fun and a mem­o­ry that will stick in my mind. Brooke was an out­stand­ing nurse.”

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Jill Del Rio, RN – Obstetrics

For Jill del Rio, com­fort­ing expec­tant par­ents is just anoth­er day at the office. For a patient in Jill’s care, the com­fort and sup­port Jill pro­vid­ed was exact­ly what she need­ed in a stress­ful time. 

I was so immense­ly blessed to have Jill as our nurse that night. She had a calm­ing, car­ing, pres­ence, and she knew how to use humor when nec­es­sary to calm my heart. I am grate­ful for her med­ical knowl­edge, and her care and con­cern for her patients. I could feel that even if I was her 50th patient for the day, I would be treat­ed as if I was her first. She tru­ly is a love­ly human being.”

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Valerie Joyce, RN – Medical/​Surgical

Val was sur­prised with her DAISY Award on the medical/​surgical floor while doing what she does best, car­ing for patients. Val was rec­og­nized not for the tech­ni­cal part of her job, but the human one. Car­ing for patients both phys­i­cal­ly and emo­tion­al­ly, left a last­ing impact on a nurse that was under Val’s care.

I had sev­er­al won­der­ful nurs­es while I was in the hos­pi­tal and have only great things to say about the care that I received while I was admit­ted, how­ev­er, Val will for­ev­er stand out as one who holds a spe­cial place in my heart and tru­ly exem­pli­fies what nurs­ing means. At that moment, Val expressed more love and com­pas­sion to me as a patient than any­one has to me since all this mad­ness started.”

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Ryan Rus­si, RN – PACU

Ryan was Ivinson’s May 2020 DAISY Hon­oree. He was nom­i­nat­ed by a patient that want­ed to thank him for his excel­lent care dur­ing their surgery stay. Ryan was cel­e­brat­ed sur­round­ed by his surgery team. 

I was very wor­ried about my surgery about a month ago but in the pre surgery stage Ryan made me very calm, answered all my ques­tions, and just changed my whole atti­tude about my surgery. After my surgery was done and I was in the recov­ery room, he even came in to check on me when they weren’t even work­ing in that area. Ryan is an excep­tion­al staff mem­ber you have at Ivin­son and tru­ly made my sur­gi­cal expe­ri­ence a pos­i­tive one!”

Thank you to all of our nurs­es! If there is a nurse that cared for you, that you work with or that you have wit­nessed being excep­tion­al, nom­i­nate them for a DAISY Award.

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