A nurse at Parkwest Medical Center was honored today with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The DAISY Award was established in 1999 by the family of a patient who had received extraordinary care and compassion from his nurses during his final days. Congratulations to Laura an RN, on the Cardiothoracic Surgical Unit for being recognized with the DAISY award.  Laura was nominated by a patient, and fellow nurse, for the amazing care and support she provided during her loved one’s hospital stay.

Laura’s Nomination

Nurse Laura Ivey dressed in black scrubs holding yellow and white daisies.A nurse at Parkwest Medical Center was honored today with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The DAISY Award was established in 1999 by the family of a patient who had received extraordinary care and compassion from his nurses during his final days. Congratulations to Laura an RN, on the Cardiothoracic Surgical Unit for being recognized with the DAISY award.  Laura was nominated by a patient’ s granddaughter, and fellow nurse, for the amazing care and support she provided during her Nana’s hospital stay.

Laura’s Nomination

“My Nana was recently admitted to CTSU on two separate occasions within a month of each other. On the first admission, Laura was her nurse on day shift and cared for her with the utmost compassion. Laura talked to her about her upcoming surgery she would have and the results she could anticipate with tears in her eyes. Though impossible to see due to mask, we could tell the huge smile she had and how she was so happy she would once again feel like herself.

Laura was one of the many who gave my Nana hope to keep fighting for a few more weeks. What she did not know was my Nana was feeling so terrible that he had started to give up and feel like there would never be relief. Fast forward a month later and we were so excited to see Laura was her nurse for her surgery.

Laura with family.
Laura pictured with her patient’s family. Amber (on the far right) submitted the nomination on Laura’s behalf.

My Nana was so happy to know that Laura and her caring heart would be by her side. The surgery was successful and everything went beautifully. Due to circumstances out of anyone’s control, including the doctors’ and surgeons’, my grandmother went into cardiac arrest the morning after surgery with Laura by her side along with my mother. Laura remained calm and immediately called for help. Rapidly my Nana was taken to a procedure and I rushed to the hospital. I walked into the consultation room expecting to see my mother alone during the worst moments of her life but Laura was there by her side along with Chaplain Bluford. Laura returned to her floor once I arrived.

Unfortunately my Nana did pass despite all of the efforts. While my family was grieving I looked up to find Laura standing by the doorway after she heard the news. She went above and beyond not only for my Nana but also made sure my family had the support we needed along with many, many others. I am a nurse myself and repeatedly was blown away by the compassion the Laura had from the first time we met he to my Nana’s last breaths. She inspired me to be a better nurse and to extend the same to my patients and their loves ones in all situations.”

DAISY committee with Laura
Laura Ivey, RN, was presented with The DAISY Award today.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee at Parkwest Medical Center to receive The DAISY Award. To nominate a nurse today visit www.TreatedWell.com/DAISY.