Giving Back to the Nurses Who Have Cared So Deeply

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 8:48 pm

Kathleen Hanson (l) and Anthony Rosas (r)

Nurses play a vital role in patients’ recovery, to honor nurses and their soft touch, the way that they help their patients recuperate, and get through a trying time, Huntington Hospital routinely names nurses nominated by former patients or their family members for the extra special tender loving care.

The award, known as the Daisy Award, officially called The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses, is actually put out by the Daisy Foundation, which established the award in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, a former patient.

The Barnes family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, and created the award to say “thank you” to nurses everywhere.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

Since its launch in 2011, the program has attracted about 3,900 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing in all 50 states and 22 other countries, committed to honoring nurses with The Daisy Award.

“The strategic impact of the program on nurses and their organizations is deep, affecting nurses’ job satisfaction, retention, teamwork, pride, organizational culture, healthy work environment, and more, “ the Foundation said.

Nurses are nominated by anyone in the healthcare organization – patients, family members, other nurses, physicians, other clinicians and staff – anyone who experiences or observes extraordinary compassionate care being provided by a nurse.

Last August, the Daisy Award was given to Kathleen Hanson, RN.

Amazingly, Hanson’s Award was nominated by a patient who is also a nurse.

“The minute Kathleen walked into the room, she managed to calm my nerves and made my husband and I feel safe,” the former patient remembers. “My husband said that he felt like he had a teammate. Because of her, I will always remember my stay at Huntington Hospital, and the memory will be filled with joy. I am also a nurse, so I know that the level of expertise and compassionate care she possesses is remarkable.”

In July, another Huntington Hospital nurse, Anthony Rosas, was the recipient of the Daisy Award.

The patient who nominated him wrote that Anthony’s “professionalism in the day-to-day care I received from [him] was really appreciated when I was not operating at 100 percent because the high blood pressure medication I was being prescribed was very aggressive.”

“He did not offer the reflex responses. He demonstrated that he cared by listening compassionately and attentively to me, and even listened to my wife’s concerns. It wasn’t just the care that he provided to me but, to my wife and it made an enormous difference in our lives.”

If you or a family member of your has been a patient at The Huntington Hospital and you want to nominate an extraordinary caregiver to get a Daisy Award, please click here for more information.




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