Nurses Recognized for Excellence with The DAISY Award
Two nurses at Parkwest Medical Center were honored 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. Parkwest’s first two DAISY honorees are Jeri McNew, RN, and Charlotte Hollingsworth, RN-C.
Jeri McNew, RN, works on 3 Riverstone, Parkwest’s Cardiac Specialty Unit. McNew was nominated by a fellow nurse, Katy, “… Jeri makes meaningful differences in ALL her patients’ care. As a person who rounds on patients, her patients always have great things to say about her and her care. How she makes them feel so well cared for and how through she is in her job. Her compassion, caring positive attitude is shown even on the busiest and most stressful days.”
After twenty-three years in a different career, McNew was accepted into nursing school at the age of 47. She worked at Parkwest as a student nurse while in college, and attributes much of her success to having great managers, Chrystal and Melisa to guide her, and help her discover her passion for nursing. She loves working with patients and their families, and being able to make an unfortunate situation a little better each day.
“I am so glad for the opportunities that have been given to me at Parkwest that have allowed me to learn, grow, and share my education, and life experiences to help save and improve lives all while working with a great team of nurses at Parkwest,” said honoree McNew .
When asked how it made her feel being one of the first DAISY recipients at Parkwest, McNew replied, “Overwhelmed and very grateful. I come to work each day with the work ethic to be and do the best I can in all I can. Some days I fall short of that and others I excel. To be honored and recognized for the job I love to do is amazing. It lets me know that I have chosen the right field. There will always be someone who needs the help of a nurse and I want to be that nurse.”
Charlotte Hollingsworth, RN-C, who works in Parkwest’s Childbirth Center was also recognized with a DAISY award. She was nominated by a patient’s husband, “Charlotte was our L&D nurse. During the course of over 12 hours she patiently, expertly and compassionately cared for my wife. What started as a planned induced birth, quickly escalated into an emergency C-section. An experienced nurse, Charlotte cared for my wife throughout the labor – coaching and assisting my wife throughout the process. While clearly a very emotional time for my wife and I, Charlotte, was there the whole time – from comforting my wife, answering my stupid questions, as well as sharing in the joy of our son’s birth. She epitomized all the traits of an experienced medical professional and nurse. She was a compassionate caregiver who exuded confidence and love of her profession in the performance of her job.”
Hollingsworth felt called to nursing because of her family’s strong ties to the medical field. She’s been a labor and delivery nurse for almost 10 years. “I work in labor and delivery because I love the special bond you make with a laboring mom, and enjoy helping them adjust to the new role of parenting after delivery. It’s very rewarding!”
Having worked at Parkwest for almost 8 years, Hollingsworth feels honored to be one of the hospital’s first DAISY award recipients. “I work with a bunch of talented nurses and feel any one of us deserves this award,” she stated.
Hollingsworth’s nurse manager Malissa Mocsari, RN, shared her thoughts on the recognition, “Charlotte is an excellent member of our team. I have worked a long side her before becoming manager and know that this award was well deserved. She always puts her patients first and performs her duties with excellence!”