Extraordinary Nurse Recognized at WGH


On August 10th, 2020 an Emergency Room 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 third DAISY Award recipient at Warren General Hospital is Hope Gibbons, RN.  Hope was nominated by a family member of a patient she cared for in the Emergency Room back on February 12th, 2020.  The patient’s family member recognized Hope for “communicating well” and giving the family reassurance that their loved one was “in good hands.”  This family member stated that “her husband was brought into the ER late this evening by EMS for Seizures.  She was 3 hours away and unable to make it to the Hospital because it was fiercely snowing outside.” She spoke with Hope on the phone several times to provide medical history and was reassured during their conversation that their loved one was right near the nurses’ station and that she would give extra good care to him.  This family member claims she was very upset about not being able to be there with her husband and Hope said all the right things at that time to and felt her husband was in good hands.  She continued to say “I since learned that Hope is a new nurse. She should be very proud of how well she communicated and for the level of attention I was provided late that night.”

               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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