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Amy Bush, RN, has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
Families need to know their loved ones are in good hands in the hospital. Nurses who demonstrate not only great clinical care but also exceptional compassion are the ones who make the biggest difference. That’s why Amy Bush, RN, a nurse on Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s 5 Layfield unit, has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses for the month of April.Bush was nominated for the award by a patient’s family member, who wrote, “My mother’s memory is very bad, so she would ask Amy the same question, over and over. We were aware how time-consuming it was for the nurses when she would repeat her thoughts and questions. Amy would always let her finish her thoughts and would always repeat her answers. Amy was beyond caring. She made my mother feel at home rather than feel like she was at the hospital. My mother felt comfortable with her. Her eyes would light up when Amy came in to check on her.”
The family member noted that at the end of a long shift, Bush made sure to stop in to the patient’s room to say goodbye. “Not only did she come and say goodbye, she gave my mother her evening medication instead of her new nurse, tucked my mother into bed and chatted with her several minutes, even though she had just worked a 14-hour shift. I’m so blessed that my mother was treated with such compassion from Amy.”
Bush was honored with the Daisy Award in a ceremony before her colleagues, and 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.” She was also given fresh daisies, 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.”