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Published on May 16, 2022

Rutland Regional Nurses Honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

RUTLAND, VT - It is week two of Nurses Month and the theme is Recognition. This week we recognized and celebrated nurses by presenting the DAISY Team Award, the DAISY Individual Award, and the DAISY Leader Award.

Throughout the year, nurses are nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. All nominations are thoroughly reviewed through a blinded process by the Nursing Shared Governance Council and the Council selects each year’s Individual, Team, and Leader DAISY winners.

DAISY Team Award: The Surgical Care Unit (SCU) was honored with this year’s DAISY Team Award. The Team Award is provided annually in recognition of a care team, led by a nurse, that has gone above and beyond to provide extraordinary patient care. The award recognizes that collaboration and teamwork are key to providing patients with high-quality care and a positive experience. The SCU team led by Anne Nichols, RN, was recognized by a patient for going above and beyond throughout the patient’s stay. In the nomination, the patient shared, “I cannot explain how extraordinary these individuals are, how lucky you are to have them on your team and how much their caring and supportiveness meant, or my own level of gratitude and appreciation to them.

DAISY Leader Award: Deborah Hough, MSN, RN, BS, CNOR, CSSM, Director of OR, ACU, PACU, & SPD, was honored with this year’s DAISY Leader Award during a small celebration in the hospital gardens. The Leader Award is provided annually to a nurse leader who is a role model for exemplary practice, as well as supporting staff with a shared vision, fostering an environment of care and compassion, and enhancing the image of nursing. Deborah was nominated by a colleague for the way that, "She exemplifies what it means to be an OR nurse, a leader, a peer, and a friend.”

DAISY Individual Award Honorees are selected and recognized for the extraordinary compassionate care that they provide to patients in their practice environment.

Danika Beaulieu, RN, Women’s and Children’s Unit: Danika was nominated by a patient for her extraordinary care. In her nomination, the patient shared, “She genuinely cares for her patients - five stars for Danika!

Rebekah Cook, RN, Psychiatric Services Inpatient Unit: Rebekah was nominated by a patient for her extraordinary care. In her nomination, the patient shared, “Rebekah absolutely went above and beyond - I felt like she really cared about my recovery.

Andrea Doran, BSN, RN, Progressive Care Unit: Andrea was nominated by a patient’s family for her extraordinary care. In her nomination, the family shared, “I witnessed an act of kindness where a certain RRMC nurse went above and beyond, and I want to thank them - thank you for taking care of both of my parents, you truly represent the best of your profession.

Mona Rickert, RN, RN-BC, Women’s and Children’s Unit: Mona was nominated twice for her extraordinary care. In her nominations, the patient and a patient’s family recognized Mona for going above and beyond and exceeding expectations, sharing that “Mona well deserves this award, and I am so glad that there is a program that recognizes nurses that go above and beyond for their patients and that is why I choose RRMC for my care.

About the DAISY Award

The DAISY (an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation was started in Glen Allen, CA by family members of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. As a way of thanking Barnes’s nurses, his family established the award program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses everywhere perform every day.

The DAISY Award is one initiative of the not-for-profit DAISY Foundation whose overall goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and provides assistance to ITP support groups. More information is available on their website www.DAISYfoundation.org, or contact Bonnie Barnes, President/Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, at (707) 996-7936 or at bonniebarnes@DAISYfoundation.org. Nominate a Rutland Regional nurse for the DAISY Award today>>>

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center, founded in 1896, is the largest community hospital and the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County and beyond.

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