Posted on November 09, 2016
Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Labor & Delivery Unit helps more than 2,000 babies come into the world every year. The best nurses help families have a positive start, and Labor & Delivery nurse Gale Jeblonski has been going above and beyond to achieve that goal. For her efforts, she has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
A patient nominated Jeblonski, relating the story of how Gale became a family tradition of sorts. She assisted the patient in the delivery of not one but two of her daughters over the years. “She feels more like family to me than a nurse treating a patient. Gale showed a love, a kind and caring disposition. She continued giving supporting and encouraging words through the pain, and shared the excitement when the babies were born. She held my hand and made sure to be there when she was needed.” When the patient was discharged with a medication, she realized she had forgotten her wallet. Jeblonski paid for the prescription out of her own pocket, and when the patient called to reimburse her, she said to just “pay it forward.” “Ms. Gale was a blessing to me and I will never forget her smiling face,” the patient said.
Jeblonski was honored with the Daisy Award in a ceremony before her colleagues. She received a certificate commending her 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.” He was also presented with fresh daisies on behalf of the Peninsula Regional Medical staff, and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. To nominate an exceptional nurse, visit www.peninsula.org/DaisyAward and share a story.
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.
President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation Bonnie Barnes said, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced firsthand 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 PRMC are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”