The DAISY Award is an international program to honor and celebrate nurses who provide extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care every day. The DAISY Foundation established the award in memory of Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 from complications of an auto-immune disease. The care he and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired the award. Each quarter, Mercy Hospital Jefferson nursing leaders choose an award winner for their facility.
Dustin Sellars, LPN, for earning the quarterly DAISY Award at Mercy Hospital Jefferson for the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care he provides in the progressive care unit (PCU).
A patient nominated Sellars by writing: “My son was admitted in a very serious and critical condition. Dustin has given my son the very best of care; you guys saved my son’s life. Dustin cleaned him up and has kept him comfortable. He is staying on top of everything. My son is in a vegetative condition and cannot speak. Dustin is truly like an angel sent from above. He is very compassionate and very professional. He has answered all my questions and has kept me updated. I, as well as my son, are so thankful to have him. He has put me at ease during this very difficult time.”
Tammy Fallert, RN, earned the quarterly DAISY Award at Mercy Hospital Jefferson for the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care she provides in home health and hospice.
A co-worker nominated Fallert by writing: “Tammy always shows great compassion and care for her patients. This was shown recently when a special needs patient was nearing death with a progressive illness. In spite of a very negative dynamic within the patient’s family, Tammy was able to focus on the needs of the patient to give that patient the care and dignity she deserved. I have no doubt that Tammy's care for this patient provided this patient more comfort as she approached death. Tammy stayed hours past the end of her shift for this patient.”
Stacy Bickell, RN, earned the quarterly DAISY Award at Mercy Hospital Jefferson for the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care she provides in the Ambulatory Treatment Center (ATC).
A co-worker nominated Bickell for recognizing a patient who had just been transferred to ATC needed immediate care. Bickell called for a rapid electrocardiogram (EKG) which determined the patient was experiencing a STEMI (a very serious type of heart attack). Her quick action was the first step to the Mercy Jefferson team saving this patient’s life.
Katie Crump earned a DAISY Award for the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care she provides in the Mercy Jefferson intensive care unit (ICU).
A co-worker nominated Katie by writing: "Katie was caring for a young gentleman in the ICU who had a readmission for stent occlusion following treatment for a STEMI (a very serious type of heart attack) because he couldn't remember to take his medications. The patient stated he did not have a way to remind himself, so Katie bought him a watch and set the alarms to remind the patient to take his medications. Our patients are lucky to have such a caring nurse like Katie!"
Kaniz Abbas, BSN, RN, earned a DAISY Award for the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care she provides in the medical/pulmonary unit at Mercy Hospital Jefferson.
A patient nominated Kaniz by writing: "Kaniz not only attended to my physical health but she touched my life in a way that is going to have a positive effect on my life, as well as my children. Kaniz took the time to be an excellent nurse as well as a good listener. She gave me hope and fight I didn't know I had anymore. I truly believe because of her care and her commitment to what she does, she saves lives. I am an addict that once saw myself as a victim, but thanks to Kaniz, I know that I am a survivor. For the first time, I feel that I can stay calm, use my head and life to help others the way she has helped me."