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Renown Regional Medical Center Nurse Receives National Award DAISY Award recognizes nurses who provide exceptional care
Reno, Nev. (April 17, 2008) - Laurel Douglas, a registered nurse with Cardiac Intensive Care at Renown Regional Medical Center was named the March 2008 recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary nurses. The national award, given by the DAISY Foundation, recognizes nurses who provide exceptional care to patients and their families.
The nomination form cited Douglas' caring, compassion and devotion to the nursing profession. The nurse that nominated Douglas described one instance where Douglas was not the primary nurse caring for a young woman suffering a heart attack, who also had a new baby. Douglas quickly realized the immediate needs of the family and ultimately offered her help. After the patient was settled into the unit, Douglas patiently updated the family members. The nurses said they watched and observed how Douglas provided care to the family with such kindness and sympathy.
Douglas' actions helped to decrease the family's feelings of fright and uncertainty. Her nursing peers were amazed with the tremendous amount of skill and thoughtfulness that Douglas displayed by recognizing the immediate needs to carrying out the corresponding actions with compassion and grace. The nomination also goes on to say that Douglas exemplifies Renown's Purpose, as she has made such a genuine difference in this family's lives.
Nurses also said that Douglas is a great and caring nurse, but also a wonderful co-worker who always stresses the phrase, "There is no I in team."
About the DAISY Foundation
DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Foundation is a national organization devoted to helping fight diseases of the immune system. The Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a little-known autoimmune disease.
J. Mark Barnes, president of the DAISY Foundation, said, "When my son Patrick was critically ill, my family and I experienced the remarkable skill and care nurses provide to acutely ill patients every day and night. We created the DAISY Award to show nurses how special they are to patients and their families."
The organization helps fund research to improve treatment for and ultimately cure ITP. Additional information about the DAISY Foundation can be found at www.daisyfoundation.org.
About DAISY and Renown Health
Tracy and Jere England of Truckee, California, were instrumental in bringing the DAISY Award to Renown Health, one of just 40 hospitals nationwide in which nurses currently are recognized with the award.
Several years ago, the England's premature twin sons were hospitalized in Renown Regional's Newborn Intensive Care Nursery. One son, Geoffrey, later died from medical complications. However, the England's were so impressed by the quality of care given by the NICU nurses, they worked with the DAISY Foundation to present the award to nurses in that unit. Through the England family's generous sponsorship, the nomination process is now open for nurses throughout Renown Health's four-hospital system, where the DAISY Award is presented monthly.
"It means so much to us that the England family has worked to recognize Renown Health nurses in this very special way," said Ron Laxton, administrator, Renown Regional Medical Center. "Our nurses play a critical role in the delivery of healthcare, and it is important that we recognize what a significant difference they make. The DAISY Award is a terrific way to communicate this message."
Each nurse presented with the DAISY Award receives a framed certificate, a handcrafted sculpture, a lapel pin, Cinnabon cinnamon buns (a favorite of Patrick Barnes), and a bunch of daisies.