Posted In Peninsula Regional News on July 13, 2015
A positive attitude is a good way to promote healing, but it can be hard for people in the hospital to be positive when they're in pain, fearful and away from the comforts of home. That's why a nurse who can bring cheer and positivity to a patient is the best kind. Hannah Armstrong, RN, a nurse at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses because of the optimism and brightness she brings to her patients. Armstrong was nominated by a nursing supervisor who had been contacted by one of Armstrong's patients. The patient said that Hannah "was an angel sent from above in the lowest point of his life." The patient said he had worked in hospitals for most of his career, and had never seen a nurse more compassionate, patient, and kind who could turn around the emotional wellbeing of a patient the way Hannah had. Armstrong 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."