Tami Moore, an ICU nurse in Hot Springs, received the September DAISY Award.
She was nominated by a the daughter of a patient, who was transferred to the hospital after suffering cardiac arrest.
The patient was scheduled to receive an intense treatment to help prevent brain damage, but the family had questions about whether this was the right course of action for the 90-year-old patient. They approached their nurse and requested a meeting with the patient’s entire medical team.
“Had this nurse not been straightforward with us about what the process actually entailed and then took charge in arranging the meeting with Dad’s team, Dad would have spent several more days hooked up to machines before we really understood what was happening. It was because of this nurse’s compassion, her patience, her pragmatic responses to some very difficult questions and her leadership in arranging a meeting with Dad’s medical team that we were able to receive the essential information that allowed us to make a very emotional but necessary decision with confidence.”
The family praised the nurse’s ability to care for her patient and the patient’s family.
“She pays close attention to the needs of her patients. She goes above and beyond. She made me feel as though she cares not just when she was on duty, but I felt as though she would leave her shift worrying whether I was going to be okay or not.
“I was inspired by her to change my life around and change my life style. She is a very caring person. I needed that at the exact time she was put in my life. I believe she was my nurse at the time I came here because God made sure she said what I needed to hear.“
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