Lutheran Health Network Honors Latest DAISY Award Recipients

Greg Brockhaus, RN
Lutheran Hospital

“Greg has been a long time nurse at Lutheran Hospital, with almost 25 years of experience, working in both the cardiac catheterization lab and emergency department prior to coming to the IV team. All of the nurses on the 4A team, excluding the nurse manager, have been nurses for less than five years. In an emergent situation, Greg presented to the code. He assessed the IV site, stepped right up to assist with CPR and led the team where it was needed, all while remaining extremely calm and up on exactly what he needed to do. Greg stayed through until the end of the code, setting aside his duties in order to help us try to save this patient. During everything going on, Greg spoke such kind words to this patient and at one point, she actually reached up and touched Greg while he was performing CPR. In the end, the patient did not recover, however, this entire unit commented and voiced appreciated for Greg and his compassion and strong desire to assist. Greg made a serious difference to the young nurses he works around and played a major role in moving their careers forward, as this will have a lasting impression on them. Teaching, mentoring, remaining calm and reassuring others to follow his lead during this time was everything we could have asked from Greg. He did countless amounts of CPR on this patient and was determined to do everything in his power to assist through the code. He is a model employee for compassionate care.”

DAISY Award winner

Rhonda Wetzel, RN
Lutheran Hospital

“In this situation, Rhonda was caring for a patient who was just 17 years old. This patient was at the hospital for a traumatic injury to the face, which resulted in his jaw needing wired shut. The patient’s mother did not have the money for a water pick to be used to clean his teeth while his jaw was wired. Mom was having a really rough time with everything. Rhonda went at the end of her shift and bough a water pick and everything the patient would need to keep his teeth and mouth clean. She left them at the security desk so they would not know who bought these for them. The patient and his mother were extremely grateful for this gesture. Rhonda spend a lot of time talking through life’s trials with the patient’s mother and went out of her way to just be a friend to this mother in a moment she really needed it.”

DAISY Award winner

Tiffany Hardy, RN, ASN
The Orthopedic Hospital

“We had a scheduled case in Lutheran Main OR, which was not able to go until later in the evening. The patient was in the intensive care unit with multiple issues, including endocarditis and an ejection fraction of 27 percent. This patient was determined to be high-risk to go to the OR. The main OR did not have another nurse to help provide care for this patient during this time, which was when Tiffany stepped up to the plate and arranged to have her kids watched so that she could stay past her shift to help provide care to this patient. Not only did she provide the additional care this patient required, but she also supported her co-workers and helped facilitate a difficult case.”

DAISY Award winner

For more information on this award, or to share a story of gratitude about your nurse, please visit: https://www.lutheranhealth.net/daisy-award.