Know An Extraordinary Nurse?
Gerber Memorial kicks off nursing award for patients, families to recognize outstanding care
FREMONT – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is inviting patients, families and friends to help them recognize outstanding nurses, by nominating them for a DAISY award that will be secretly presented every quarter.
Part of a national program, the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.
“More than 150 nurses work at Gerber Memorial to provide the kind of excellent care that our patients and their families demand and deserve, and this award is one small way we can...
...recognize the skill and compassion our nurses provide round the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” said Meleah Mariani, Gerber Memorial’s chief nursing officer.
“As a nurse, I feel the DAISY award will encourage all of us throughout the hospital to continue putting our patients first and to build even stronger bonds with the families we serve,” said Nicky Reed, RN, Gerber Memorial nursing supervisor. “The DAISY Award is an opportunity to show nurses that their work is valued. We’d like to invite all the families who walk through our doors and interact with a nurse to take a little time and give a shout out to an outstanding nurse.”
Nomination forms are available at nursing stations throughout the hospital – seven locations altogether – and patients can submit those forms either by placing them in gray boxes near those forms or by handing them to a nurse or other hospital staff.
The kick-off was announced on Thursday, January 26, in the main lobby of Gerber Memorial. The forms will be available at nursing stations in the intensive care unit; medical surgery; birth center; outpatient surgery; emergency department; and the specialty clinic in the basement of the Multispecialty Clinic. Nominating forms will also be available at the hospital’s main lobby, as well as included in admission packets. The first winner will be announced this May.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Barnes 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 Gerber Memorial to receive The DAISY Award. At Gerber Memorial, the awards will be given every quarter, or three months, 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 receive a beautiful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved from serpentine stone by artists of the Shona tribe in southern Africa.