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Sara Szczurko, RN, has won the Daisy Award at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.
Nurses at Peninsula Regional Medical Center are being honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national program to recognize the outstanding efforts of nurses in their daily work.
The award recipient for April is Sara Szczurko, RN, a Medical-Surgical nurse. The nomination, written by a patient, described how Szczurko’s expert care and personal compassion made all the difference.
“When I came up from the Emergency Department, I was so sick, and just defeated inside and out,” the nominator wrote. “I couldn’t help myself, so I depended on the nurses to help me. When Sara came into my room, her smile lit it up. She showed me so much compassion. Every time I pressed the call button, she’d show up with a smile on her face.” The nominator said Sara’s cheerful disposition and compassionate care made her feel at home.
Extraordinary compassion and clinical skill, like that demonstrated by Sara Szczurko, are what the DAISY Award is intended to honor. Every month, a nurse will be selected by Peninsula Regional'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 sculpture called A Healer's Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. To nominate a nurse, visit www.peninsula.org/DaisyAward.
“We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day,” said PRMC Chief Nursing Officer Mary Beth D'Amico. “It's important that our nurses know their work is highly valued.”
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 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 PRMC are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”