Posted In PRMC Stories on December 27, 2018
Labor & Delivery nurses meet their patients at times that can be both terrifying and joyful. It takes a special nurse to make sure patients can find joy in the process. Jacqueline Crockett, RN, of Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Labor & Delivery unit recently earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses for having this special quality along with providing expert care.
The patient who nominated her had a life-threatening condition, severe pre-eclampsia, which led her to stay on the Labor & Delivery unit for much longer than normal as nurses monitored her and her baby to ensure their health. “Jacqueline has been with me from the beginning of this rollercoaster journey of pre-eclampsia. The first time I met her, I was not yet diagnosed, I was very confused ad worried with my blood pressure. With her reassurance and kind words, I became confident that I could trust in her with my care. I knew that God had sent me an angel to watch over me throughout my stay in the hospital. She comes to work every day with a smile on her face full of inspiration.” When it was time for the patient to have her baby, Crockett rearranged her schedule so she could be there at the patient’s request. “She made the impossible become possible and went out of her way, and kept her promise of being there. She comforted me. She cared.”
Crockett 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.”