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Hannah Ehrisman of Peninsula Regional's 5 East unit has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
Spending a holiday in the hospital is never ideal, but one nurse at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Hannah Ehrisman on the 5 East unit, made Easter memorable for her patient, earning her the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
A colleague nominated her for the award, explaining that there was a man who had been a patient since January who had endeared himself to the staff. “Hannah, who is a night shift nurse, came into work on Easter Sunday and brought this gentleman an Easter basket.”
Hannah and a certified nursing assistant on the unit combined funds to bring their patient this gift. “His face still lit up with happiness days later when asked about his Easter treats. This is just one example of how Hannah goes out of her way to deliver exemplary care to her patients, to treat them with compassion and to demonstrate her obvious love of her profession.”
Ehrisman 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.”