2012 DAISY Award Recipient

Nurses, staff and family members gathered Friday, October 19th to honor nursing excellence at Carrington Health Center through the first DAISY Award presentation.

Six nurses, Lea Dell, Amber Kruse, Charlotte Bachmeier, Jodi Hovdenes, Michelle Belile and Carol Sherman were nominated by patients or staff who witnessed firsthand their exemplary patient care and commitment to carrying out Carrington Health Center’s Core Values of Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence.

Jodi Hovdenes was chosen as the recipient by Carrington Health Center’s Quality Sub-Board Committee. This committee is comprised of community members, Board of Directors representatives, designated hospital employees for quality assurance and Administration.

Nominations for the award were made available in local newspapers and throughout Carrington Health Center during Nurse’s Week in May 2012. Nominations were then accepted through August 2012, and reviewed by the Committee. The candidates were notified of their nominations and found out who the recipient of the award was at the presentation.

After Hovdenes was announced as the first recipient of the award, she was surprised by several of her family members coming into the room to watch her accept the award.

“This is a surprise,” commented Hovdenes, “I thought someone else would get the award. Nursing truly requires teamwork, and I couldn’t do it with out them.”

 Hovdenes was nominated by Lois Larson of Carrington for the excellent care given to Larson during an Emergency Room visit.

“Jodi immediately assessed my injury, made the necessary arrangements for an x-ray and kept me informed of what was happening at every moment,” says Larson, “She consistently kept my comfort and pain levels manageable and stayed with me throughout my time in the ER.”

The presentation included a certificate of honor, a pin and hand carved sculpture by a member of the African Shona Tribe of Zimbabwe, entitled A Healer’s Touch. The sculpture encompasses the African tradition of an nganga, someone who has the power to heal those who are physically ill. The sculpture reminds everyone of the bond of care and trust that exists between a healer and patient, flowing from one another in a unique caring reliance.

After the presentation, attendees then shared in cinnamon rolls made with Cinnabon cinnamon. The importance of Cinnabon comes from when Patrick, whose illness resulted in the creation of the DAISY Award and Foundation, was critically ill. A Cinnabon was the one thing that tasted good to him. He then asked his family to bring enough Cinnabons for all the nurses in his unit as a way of thanking them for their extraordinary work.

With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS brands, the DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons, or cinnamon rolls made with Cinnabon cinnamon, to all nurses in the award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Allen, 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.

Said Chief Nursing Officer Chris Schroeder, “We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes everyday. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and the DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

The next round of nominations is now open and will be accepted through March 2013. The second annual DAISY Award presentation will occur during Nurse’s Week in May 2013.

For more information on the DAISY program please contact Chris Schroeder, CNO for Carrington Health Center at 652-7140. Nomination forms can be picked up at the Acute Care nurses station or accessed online at www.carringtonhealthcenter.org For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to http://DAISYfoundation.org