Posted In PRMC Stories on August 04, 2016
A patient with a broken hip is something Peninsula Regional nurses see nearly every day; a patient who broke his hip while preparing for his wife’s funeral is another story. Tracy Daugherty, RN, of Peninsula Regional’s Patient Care Management department went the extra mile when she found one or PRMC’s patients in that situation. For her compassion, she has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
This particular patient was admitted after falling and fracturing his hip; his wife had passed away just before his admission. He had spent two days in the hospital and was very upset, thinking that he would be unable to attend her funeral. Daugherty first helped him with his clinical needs, arranging for his discharge and transition to a rehabilitation facility to help him recover from his injury. But she then reassured him that he would also be able to attend the funeral. Since the patient still required significant assistance, she arranged for an ambulance to take him to the funeral home, and made sure the ambulance care providers would stay there with him to ensure that he would be all right. Thanks to her efforts, he was able to say a proper farewell to his wife. This effort on Daugherty’s part will be something the family will remember for the rest of their lives.
For her exceptional care and compassion, Daugherty 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 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.”