Posted In PRMC Stories on April 26, 2016
The best nurses put their hearts into their work along with their clinical knowledge. Sometimes, what a patient needs is a sympathetic listener who can help to put them at ease while also tending to their medical needs. Judith Ebling of Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Post-Anesthesia Care Unit brings her heart to work every day, and for that she has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
The nomination came from a patient, who said, “I just had my third surgery for breast cancer. Every person involved in every procedure, test, and surgery has been wonderful! However, today Judy Ebling was awesome! She kept me warm and comfortable. She fed ice for my throat. Then, for some reason, I began crying; I babbled on about what I have been through. Today was the anniversary of one sister’s death from breast cancer and I told her all about that... on and on. She held my hand, wiped my tears, consoled me, and even teared up herself before all was said and done. She wheeled me to the outpatient recovery room, hugged and wished me well. I so appreciated Judy being by my bed. When I suggested she had other things to do, she said she was right where she needed to be. Judy was my angel today!”
For her exceptional care and compassion, Ebling 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 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.”