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.
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."