Madison Sorrell, RN, in Hot Springs’ Medical ICU, was recognized with a DAISY Award for the care and support she provided to a family after their father was admitted to the Medical ICU with a traumatic brain injury.
“Our world was flipped upside down in a matter of hours. We still don’t really know what his outcome will be. My healthy dad now has a trach and is on the ventilator, he’s requiring sedation, he has a PEG tube, all of these huge changes.”
In the nomination, the patient’s daughter writes that Madison provided comfort and hope when the family so desperately needed it.
“In the midst of all the chaos, all the unknowns, Maddy made me feel hopeful. I’m a nurse myself, I knew more than I wanted to, and I was having to make big decisions and explain everything to everyone because of my knowledge.
“She answered all my questions and was so kind. It is hard to give up control over the care of your loved ones, and she made sure I felt like I still had a say in his care and that he was getting the best care. Maddy probably doesn’t even realize how much of an impact she had on me. She made me feel good about advocating so hard to get him into the best TBI center. She celebrated his small victories with me, and she treated him like the person he is. She got to know him through me because she couldn’t get to know him through himself. After days of hearing terrible news, Maddy gave me hope.”
In the nomination, the daughter writes that Madison gave her “the push needed to keep going and keep being the best I could be for him and my family. Because of Maddy I will keep advocating for my dad and I have hope he will make a full recovery from an injury that medically should have a poor outcome.”
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.