Lutheran Health Network Recognizes Remarkable Nurses with DAISY Award

Lutheran Health Network recognizes extraordinary nurses from hospitals across the network with The DAISY Award. This international recognition program was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by members of his family. In late 1999, Patrick died at the age of 33 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique way of thanking those professionals for making a profound difference in the lives of patients and their families.

Patients, families and colleagues are able to nominate nurses from any LHN hospital, urgent care clinic or Lutheran Health Physicians office for The DAISY Award. Recipients of this honor will receive an “Extraordinary Nurse” commendation, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” created by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

LHN is excited to recognize and share the stories of the dedication our recent DAISY Award recipients demonstrate each and every day:

Carolyn Boyd, RN
Bluffton Regional Medical Center

DAISY Award winner

“Carolyn went above and beyond while serving a patient with some mental disabilities; taking the time to not only provide excellent care, but also to get to know the family personally. One thing in particular, she learned that the patient lived alone and his family would come by to check on him. Eventually, the patient was discharged from the hospital. One evening after work, Carolyn was on her way to pick her son up from day care. As she was driving, she ended up passing where the patient lived and she noticed he was outside walking around his property. She immediately became concerned for his safety. She made the decision to drive to the family members' house to let them know what she had seen and express her concerns. The patient’s family too became concerned and immediately went to check on their loved one. The patient ended up being fine, but it shows that Carolyn is a very devoted and caring nurse. Her compassion and desire to serve others doesn't stop at the time clock. Thank you, Carolyn!”

Amy Chow, RN, WCC, OMS
Kosciusko Community Hospital

DAISY Award winner

“Amy has an empathetic and compassionate heart that is evident in the patient care that she provides, especially to her ostomy patients. Many times, these patients are overwhelmed and are not able to process instructions, but she dedicates her time to make sure the patients feel confident and comfortable caring for their own ostomy. Amy works extra for the department and always keeps a sunny disposition, leading many wound patients to request Amy for their care. I recently heard an ostomy patient say, ‘I didn't think I could have gotten through if it hadn't been for Amy.’ She is such a valuable asset to the unit and to KCH. It is an absolute pleasure and honor to work alongside her.”

Caitlyn Dean, BSN, RN
Dupont Hospital

DAISY Award winner

“Caitlyn is very attentive, professional, and confident in her care. She reacts quickly if you need something, but what I most valued was when she took a few minutes to talk to my husband and I. This simple conversation dropped our stress level and her friendliness has made us feel more secure. She went above just asking, ‘are you ok,’ but her instead asking if she may hold my hand or touch my head was very valued.”

Diana Smith, RN
Dukes Memorial Hospital

“During the cold winter months in Indiana, Diana noticed a patient in the Infusion Center who showed up daily for infusions after walking a long distance without a coat, long-sleeved shirts or proper winter wear. She immediately thought of this patient's needs and went out to buy a coat for this patient. This act of kindness started a trend with other infusion patients who witnessed her going above and beyond her duties and they too contributed articles of clothing to this patient's winter wardrobe. The patient was ecstatic to finally have a coat and proper clothing and beamed happiness for all to see. He was so thankful that people, especially his nurse, cared about him that much since, in his words, he ‘had no one else.’ Diana's acts of goodwill changed this man's outlook and his treatment plan.”

Heather Watson
Rehabilitation Hospital

“Heather is not only known for her clinical competence, of which she is highly skilled, but also for her positive attitude and willingness to always help her patients and co-workers. She does everything with a smile, no questions asked. Back in April, we had a patient who was not doing well. Heather arrived at the room calm, cool and collected. Her demeanor changed the dynamic of the entire situation by creating a calmness amongst staff, which allowed everyone to be present in the moment and provide the best care possible for the patient.”

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