Posted on April 21, 2017
Nurses are expected to bring excellent clinical skills to work, but those who stand out show genuine compassion as well. Amy Wagner, RN, of Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s inpatient oncology unit, was honored with the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses for the caring she showed not only to a patient but to the whole family.
A patient’s daughter nominated Wagner, saying: “My dad was admitted on the oncology floor with stage 4 cancer and complications breathing. Amy was my dad’s nurse several times over his stay, and when she wasn’t, she would come in to check on him and mom to see if they needed anything and to ask how he was feeling. She kept him comfortable, kept us informed on any new updates, she was caring, loving, very professional and compassionate. Even after dad went home she kept in contact to see how he was doing. It's like our family has known her for a lifetime. Unfortunately, my dad passed away, and Amy called my mom to tell her how sorry she was and that my dad was a very special person to her. When we had his memorial service, she came there to pay her respects and support our family; that goes to show you how loving she is. Any patient who has her as their nurse will be lucky to have her, because she rocks and definitely an angel sent from above.”
For demonstrating true compassion, Wagner 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.” She was also presented with fresh flowers 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.”