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 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.
Nominations may come from patients, families and colleagues. The award recipient is chosen by a committee at SoutheastHEALTH. Honorees receive a certificate of commendation along with 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.
There for Patients and Families
Julie Brockmire, RN on 5-H Surgical, received the DAISY Nurse Award.
The nomination on Julie’s behalf cited the teamwork between Nursing, Leadership, Palliative Care, Patient Care Technicians and other nurses to make final hours of one patient meaningful and beautiful, even during a crisis situation (the pandemic).
Special arrangements were made for the patient’s family to be allowed to visit. “When we notified the patient about the family visit, she smiled the biggest smile upon hearing the news,” the nomination notes. “She was transitioned to comfort measures and multiple family members were allowed to come to the bedside to be with her because of the empathy and love Julie exhibits over and over for patients and families entrusted to her care. Julie’s selfless and tireless advocacy for this patient enabled her to have time with her children and grandchildren.”
A Role Model for Compassion
Lance West, RN, Director of Patient Care Services at Southeast Hospital, received the first DAISY Nurse Leader Award.
“Lance spends countless hours talking with patients and families, helping them through difficult times,” his nomination states. “He speaks with compassion to calm families’ fear, provide direct information to aid in decision making and successfully deescalates stressful situations while supporting the patient and family at the same time.
“Lance is definitely a role model for the image of nursing. He leads by example, fostering a positive, uplifting environment. He jumps in to help where needed, never complains, always has a smile and is very professional and respectful in all that he does. Thank you, Lance, for leading by example!”
COVID-19 Team Steps Up to Meet the Crisis
The DAISY Team Award has been presented to Southeast Hospital’s COVID-19 team that took the initiative to work through recommendations of the CDC, receiving information from the Hospital’s COVID Command Center, multiple COVID briefings and researched what their peers and associations were doing to respond to this new, unknown virus. This team took the information to the frontline team, answering questions, providing education and calming fears.
“The most important highlight of this team’s work is how this collaboration affected patient care outcomes,” the nomination notes. “It was exciting to see one of our COVID-19 patients, who had been on a ventilator for 20 days and spent a total of 57 days with us, return home with his family. This outstanding teamwork made a positive difference for so many patients.”
Team members include Chris Hawkins, Billy Thatcher, Lauren Thomas, Fred Millner, Jean Schwarz, Carol Jordan, Scott Bond, Casey Hull and Amelia Stover.