Nurses at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Unit were recently honored with The DAISY Team Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation‘s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses has been adopted by healthcare facilities around the world to celebrate nurses for their extraordinary care and compassion. The DAISY Team Award is for nurse-led teams of two or more who come together to solve a specific situation by going above and beyond. Nursing teams may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Ephraim McDowell Health to receive The DAISY Team Award. The DAISY Team Award is presented once each year at a surprise presentation. Each member of the Nursing Team receives a certificate commending them for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference your teamwork makes in the lives of so many people.” The Team also receives a specially engraved plaque with the name of the Team.
The Behavioral Health Unit nurses were nominated by a patient that said, “Megan leads an amazing team that works together seamlessly. First, Megan is always out working with her nurses, getting to know each patient’s name and situation. She is always available to patients in a crisis. I saw how the entire team would come together for me. Nurses, therapists, and techs are all trained in how to talk during difficult moments. They all offer different skills and resources. The nurses, many with years of psych experience, monitor meds and communicate with the doctors. The techs communicate with the nurses. I received the best care imaginable. All of the staff worked together to educate me on therapies and practices that helped me pull through. They addressed my fears and brainstormed so I could have a safe plan to go home.” The patient went on to explain what each person did to show compassion and support on their “journey to better mental health”.
Nomination forms for the DAISY Award are available at various locations throughout Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital, Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital and other Ephraim McDowell facilities.