Nurses at Spartanburg Medical Center are being 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. This recognition is awarded monthly, and nurses can be nominated by patients, families and colleagues.
Spartanburg Medical Center’s first DAISY award recipient was Hannah Godfrey Disney, RN.
Hannah is a registered nurse in the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit (STICU). Her co-workers wrote the following in her nomination:
“I’ve always heard that there is “someone for everyone,’” but I never knew how true that statement was until we met Hannah’s patient.
Hannah’s patient was with us for a long time and had multiple medical issues. He could be difficult to work with, and the only one who could get through to him was Hannah.
One day, Hannah was assigned to care for this patient and there was a baby shower occurring in our unit. Hannah decided to take him a slice of cake with his lunch. Immediately, his eyes lit up. For the first time since he’d come to our unit, he said “Thank you.”
Hannah made it her personal mission to break through to him. Over the course of his stay she gave him a birthday party, decorated his room for Halloween, and kept his bedside table full of treats.
Hannah taught all of us that he associated food with happiness and always made sure he received special meals from the cafeteria.
Hannah’s care did not end when her patient left the hospital. She delivered clothes and treats to his nursing home, and generally made sure that he was ok.
It was through her compassion, dedication, and perseverance that this patient was able to regain his independence and rejoin the community.”
Hannah received a certificate of recognition, hand carved Healer’s Touch sculpture, a pin and her unit received a Cinnabon breakfast.
For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to http://DAISYfoundation.org
About the DAISY Foundation
This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation in service to the nursing profession. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at http://DAISYfoundation.org.