CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. - Intensive Care Unit nurse Suzanne Turner, RN, is the latest winner of the Mercy Hospital Jefferson DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
Suzanne was nominated by the family of a patient who was treated in the ICU at Mercy Jefferson. The nomination was selected from more than 60 submitted by patients, visitors or co-workers over the last three months of 2015. The nomination praised Suzanne for her caring and commitment.
“Suzanne’s extra compassionate care meant a lot to our family. She was in his room when he was going through his testimony. It was an extraordinary experience for her and the family. She sang a song with him and said it was the most beautiful thing she had experienced in her 23 years of nursing. She went above and beyond. Suzanne is such a wonderful person.”
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, Suzanne 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.