Extraordinary Nurse Recognized at WGH

On October 27th, 2020 a Maternity/Pediatric Nurse at Warren General Hospital was Honored The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurse.  The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

The fourth DAISY Award recipient at Warren General Hospital is Holly Payne, RN.  Holly was nominated by a patient she cared for on the Maternity Unit back in September, 2020.  This patient claims she had a procedure done and was having increased pain as well as personal issues in her life. The patient states she knew Holly was very busy but was always pleasant, kind and empathetic.  Holly communicated her plan of care and how to get her pain under control.  The time Holly took to educate her about the process was vital to her healing progress.  The Patient continued to say, “As I was crying, Holly took time to sit down, hug me, reassured me and kept me in a positive focus on my recovery.” When Holly said she would be back to check on her patient, she always came back and this helped her rest with ease, knowing that her nurse was going to do what she told her she was going to do.  This patient went on to say,  “Holly deserves this award for going above and beyond for her patients! Warren General Hospital should be proud to have such an amazing knowledgeable RN.”

                The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

                Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues.  The award recipient is chosen by a committee at Warren General Hospital to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the Honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors.  Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "Extraordinary Nurse."  The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people."  Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

                Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Warren General Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

                Said Chief Nursing Officer Joe Akif, “We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program.  Nurses are heroes every day.  It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”                  

                 In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 3,900 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and for nurses participating in medical missions. More information is available at http://DAISYfoundation.org

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