Tiara Bradley, RN, a nurse in the Cardiac Care Unit at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, was awarded the hospital’s DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Bradley has worked at East Georgia since 2014 and has been a nurse since 2014.
Dr. Ajay Jain, cardiologist, felt strongly about Tiara’s exceptional nursing care and he submitted a nomination for this DAISY Award on her behalf. The nomination cited her outstanding work and explained how much of a patient advocate she is.
Nominations were reviewed by a committee of nurses at East Georgia and Bradley was selected in recognition of the personal difference she makes in the lives of patients.
“Tiara went above and beyond the call of duty by using her nursing instinct and experience,” said Marie Burdett, BSN, RN, chief nursing officer at the hospital. “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 extra efforts nurses perform every day. The awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors.
“In many ways, nurses are the unsung heroes of healthcare, caring for patients with compassion and professionalism,” said Paul Theriot, CEO 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. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, 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.
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."