Nurses at Greene County General Hospital 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.
Nicole Page, RN, who works in the hospital’s Obstetrics Department, was the DAISY Award Winner. Nurses recognized as DAISY nominees included Gina Camp, Courtney Kennett, Adam Morrill, and Kylee Niebrugge.
Page was nominated by a patient who deeply appreciated her compassion and care during intense labor pains, noting Page’s encouragement and dedication to stay with her through her ordeal. After delivering, Page helped the new mother with breastfeeding and answered her questions with a smile. The patient called Page a “rock star” who was not just a nurse, but became a friend.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, 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.
Three times each year, a nurse is selected by Greene County General Hospital’s nursing administration to receive The DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the 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.
DAISY Award applications will be accepted year-round at the hospital. The nomination form is also available on the hospital’s website, www.GreeneCountyHospital.com.