Posted In PRMC Stories on May 24, 2016
The best nurses are able to bring light and hope to a patient as they work to recover. Dawn Sullivan of Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit was able to do that quite literally, and for that she has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
The nomination came from a coworker, who said, “Our unit had a patient in the same room for three weeks since his surgery. He was beginning to show signs of depression. Dawn offered to assist him to a wheelchair and take him outside, on a monitor, with blessings from the surgical group.”
It’s no easy feat to take a patient outside from the ICU; they are often in fragile health requiring significant monitoring, and may be attached to tubing, wires and monitors. Dawn overcame these obstacles because she knew that simply feeling the sun and experiencing a beautiful day would help inspire this patient to get better. And it worked, according to the coworker who nominated Sullivan: “This was a very important step in helping our patient to heal. He was receptive to all of his therapies afterward.”
For her exceptional care and compassion, Sullivan was honored with the Daisy Award in a ceremony before her colleagues, as well as Salisbury Mayor Jacob Day, during National Nurses Week. 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 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.”