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Nurses at Peninsula Regional Medical Center are being honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national program to recognize the outstanding efforts of nurses in their daily work.
The award recipient for February is Mey-Lie Salimian, RN, a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit. The nomination, written by a patient’s family member, described how Salimian provided excellent care not just to her patient, but to his family as well, during a difficult time.
“She addressed every concern and question we had with care and tenderness. She encouraged my daughter and me to rest and to call any time, day or night, for updates. We felt so comforted by her; she explained everything that was happening and why, even when we were too upset and tired to formulate questions. Mey-Lie even called on her day off to see how my husband was doing, and called me at home when he was discharged. Mey-Lie is a nurse who goes above and beyond just doing her job ─ she gives her all to her patients and families.”
Extraordinary compassion and clinical skill, like that demonstrated by Mey-Lie Salimian, are what the DAISY Award is intended to honor. Every month, a nurse will be selected by Peninsula Regional's nursing administration to receive the DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse's colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him 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.” The honoree will also be given a sculpture called A Healer's Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. To nominate a nurse, visit http://www.peninsula.org/DaisyAward.
“We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day,” said PRMC Chief Nursing Officer Mary Beth D'Amico. “It's important that our nurses know their work is highly valued.”
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 first-hand 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.”