Extraordinary Nurses Recognized at Parkwest Medical Center

 Today 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 first award recipient is Jeri McNew, RN, who works on 3 Riverstone, Parkwest’s Cardiac Care floor. Jeri 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.”
Jeri McNew, RN, is presented with the DAISY award, and poses with the DAISY selection committee.

The first award recipient is Jeri McNew, RN, who works on 3 Riverstone, Parkwest’s Cardiac Care floor. Jeri 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.”

The second award recipient is Charlotte Hollingsworth, RN-C, who works in the Childbirth Center. Charlotte was nominated by a patient’s husband.
Charlotte Hollingsworth, RN-C, from our Childbirth Center, received the DAISY award today. She’s pictured here with chief administrative offier Neil Heatherly, and chief nursing officer Lynn Cagle.

The second award recipient is Charlotte Hollingsworth, RN-C, who works in the Childbirth Center. Charlotte 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. “

 The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Parkwest Medical Center to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors.  Each Honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.”  The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.”  The Honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Parkwest are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”