In launching the prestigious nationwide DAISY program at Angel Medical Center, hospital officials presented an emergency room nurse, Susan Johnson, R.N., CNOR, with the Fall DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing. Nominated by a co-worker, Johnson is recognized for being a dedicated advocate for her patients, and for giving her all wherever and whenever help is needed.
“One example of her work ethic came in the middle of the night with a multiple vehicle accident. What could have easily been a code black situation was handled in-house under Susan’s direction. Not only did she successfully handle a code black, but during all this she noticed a patient’s family member in distress over what to do with their injured dog,” said Cara Smith, ER RN. “Susan called her personal veterinarian, arranged for the vet to come to the office in the wee hours of the morning, and provided directions for the family to get to the vet. Talk about going above and beyond. She is a DAISY nurse if I’ve ever seen one.” Smith was the Spring recipient of the Daisy Award who nominated Johnson.
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was founded by The DAISY Foundation (for the elimination of Diseases Attacking the Immune System) in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by his parents after they experienced firsthand the skills and compassionate caring of their son’s nurses.
Angel Medical is a Mission Health member hospital, and Mission Health’s DAISY Award Committee selects two nurses each year, one in the spring and one in the fall, from among the many nominees. The honoree is presented with 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 also receives a handmade sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
Coworkers and the public are invited to nominate a special nurse who has given extraordinary care by going to www.missionhospitals.org/daisy.