Raven Anderson, RN, a cardiac care nurse at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, is the hospital’s first recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Anderson has worked at East Georgia for two years and has been a nurse for seven.
She received six different nominations from family members of patients regarding the care she gave their loved ones. Nominators praised Anderson’s commitment and the way she goes above and beyond for her patients:
“I have been a nurse practitioner for 20 years and she cares and gives 110 percent. She has a calling and displays this in her treatment and care. I was nervous for my dad staying in a community hospital but, it was the best choice possible.”;
“One nurse really stood out…her sunny disposition and smiling face helped put me at ease.”;
“Have been in several hospitals and experienced several nurses doing their jobs and Raven stands out in her field for the care, compassion, and kindness she shows.”;
“It was amazing to watch her do her job and the care she put into everything.”
Nominations were reviewed by a committee of nurses at East Georgia Regional. Anderson was selected in recognition of the heroic, personal difference she makes in the lives of patients.
“I was so moved to read the nominations from family members of patients that Raven has cared for in our CCU,” said Marie Burdett, BSN, RN, chief nursing officer at East Georgia. “She is truly an extraordinary nurse and very deserving of this recognition.”
The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The DAISY Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors.
“Nurses are heroes every day,” said Paul Theriot, chief executive officer of East Georgia Regional Medical Center. “It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that through this award program.”
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick was 33 when he died in 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.
"When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night, said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation. “Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at EGRMC are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”
Each DAISY Award Honoree will receive 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 will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.