Craig Howen, RN, a house supervisor at the Infirmary, was recognized with a DAISY Award for the compassion he showed to one of his own team members.
When a nurse called in to work one Friday, Craig followed up with a wellness check, sensing that something might be wrong.
During the wellness check, the team member was found to be in critical condition and immediate medical attention was called. Craig kept in touch with EMS and our ED to get his teammate admitted as quickly and privately as possible as time was a major concern.
“Without Craig’s diligence and care for one of our own, we could’ve had a bad outcome. Without care for staff and our teammates we cannot care for others.”
The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created the national award to thank nurses everywhere.