GREENVILLE — In honor of National Nurses Week, May 6 to 12, one local caregiver received a pleasant surprise Wednesday while on the clock at Wayne HealthCare’s Intensive Care Unit.
Rose Hall, ICU nurse, was honored by her Wayne coworkers and staff as the first DAISY Foundation Award winner.
The DAISY Award is given to a nurse whose clinical skills, and especially her/his compassionate care, exemplify the kind of nurse that patients, their families, and hospital staff recognize as an outstanding role model. DAISY stands for “Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem,” and the foundation was started by the family of Patrick Barnes, who died of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. The care he received from his nurses during his illness touched him and his family, who afterward established the non-profit foundation to honor nurses around the world.
Carts filled with “goodies,” accompanied by Wayne staffers, were wheeled up to the ICU nurse’s station as Hall was on the phone. Upon completing the call, Wayne’s Vice President of Patient Care, Kim Freeman, announced Hall was the hospital’s first semi-annual DAISY Award winner.
Freeman said Hall is one who “sets a standard” for nursing.
“She’s a great example of this award,” said Freeman. “Not only demonstrating her care and compassion towards patients, but also is a good model for her coworkers, demonstrating what nursing’s about and she’s definitely a nurse that I would say hasn’t lost the focus of why she went into nursing.”
Hall was among five Wayne nurses nominated for the award. She was nominated by fellow nurse Deb Osborne. A second annual award will be given to a nurse in October, and two each year subsequently.
Hall, her husband Mike, and their two children, live near Rossburg. She has been employed with Wayne HealthCare for nearly 21 years, 15 of those years as a nurse. She currently works in Wayne’s ICU, but has also worked in the hospital’s telemetry, surgery and obstetrics departments.
Hall expressed surprise, and gratitude, upon being given the award, which included a certificate, a hand-carved sculpture, a DAISY pin, and a number of delicious baked goods shared among the staff. As well, Hall signed her name to a banner which will honor her and each subsequent DAISY Award winner.
“I can’t even explain it, it’s wonderful,” she said. “I think all the nurses deserve it, we all work really hard, but it is nice to recognize a nurse for a certain thing. All we really want is just a ‘Thank You,’ and as long as our patients say that, I think that makes us happy.”
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses recognizes the extraordinary skill and compassion given by nurses every day in more than 2,000 healthcare facilities, in all 50 states and 15 countries around the world. DAISY Award winners must meet the following criteria:
- Dedicated to patient care and satisfaction.
- Attitude remains positive and demonstrates professionalism in the workplace.
- Interested in the needs of the patient and family.
- Stands for and demonstrates the caring ideals, mission, and values of Wayne HealthCare.
- Yearly evaluation is in good standing.
- Employee is viewed by peers as a team player and has not received any disciplinary action by HR or manager.
Wayne HealthCare President and Chief Executive Officer Wayne Deschambeau said the hospital is pleased to partner with the DAISY Foundation and Hall was quite deserving of the honor.
“[Hall] is a truly great nurse,” he said. “She’s done more than one or two good things here or there. She does it every day.”
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