CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. – Several months ago Mercy Hospital Jefferson introduced the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. On Friday, August 21, the first recipient was honored at a presentation on the fourth floor.
Rebecca Farley, RN, was nominated by Susan Dahl, the daughter of patient Betty Dahl. Farley’s nomination was selected from more than 30 submitted by patients, visitors or co-workers. The award will be presented quarterly.
“There are so many examples of how Rebecca made a difference in not only my mother’s care, but my own as well,” Susan Dahl’s nomination form said. “She patiently and compassionately set up my initial meeting with hospice care for my mom, and she took time to show me the inpatient hospice rooms available for patients and families on the fourth floor. She was always assuring me that ‘I am not alone’ in this difficult journey.
“Rebecca kept her cool when Mom suffered a setback with her breathing, calling Mom’s physician and phoning me at home to explain what was going on, and what the next step in treatment would be.”
Dahl’s nomination letter also acknowledged a specific incident and a response that she felt was beyond the call of duty.
“She stepped away from a busy work desk to stand for over an hour at Betty’s bedside, feeding her supper when I was not up to the task. I have never seen an RN do this in all of my years of care-giving,” Dahl said. “Finally, on saying my goodbyes, I received a hug and an urging to call anytime I have questions or just need someone to talk with.”
DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The family of Patrick Barnes established the Daisy Foundation in 1999 to express gratitude to nurses for the work they do for patients and their families every day. The award is presented in more than 1,900 healthcare facilities in all 50 states and 15 countries.
During the recognition ceremony, surrounded by her co-workers, Farley received an official DAISY pin, a certificate, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch.” Additionally the national award calls for a celebration for all co-workers in the unit with Cinnabon cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness.
“The Barnes family asks that whenever and where ever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment to think about how special they are.”
For more information visit www.daisyfoundation.org.