Gwen Nutt, RN, Mother/Baby, received the DAISY Award at Hot Springs for November.
Often we see people at their worst, physically and or emotionally. They are often stressed, scared and/or generally not feeling well. That’s why the importance of the kindness and compassion we show to every patient can not be overstated. Here’s an excerpt from the patient submitted nomination:
“I just had my 3rd child and the entire labor couldn’t have been a more stressful situation. I was admitted weeks before delivery with high blood pressure. It was decided I would need to have an emergency C-section. I’d had normal deliveries up until that moment and I was petrified. Knowing I was frightened, she expressed sympathy, gave me reassurance and countless positive stories, and even made me crack a smile. I could hear her throughout saying I was doing great. I firmly believe had she not been present, I would’ve had an all-out meltdown.”
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 this national award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.