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‘In good hands’

WGH nurse receives DAISY Award

Photo submitted to Times Observer Warren General Hospital emergency room nurse Hope Gibbons celebrates winning a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing with Warren General Officer Chief Nursing Officer Joe Akif (left) and CEO Rick Allen.

Emergency room nurse Hope Gibbons made such a good impression on a woman who could not be at Warren General Hospital with her husband that it earned her a DAISY Award.

Gibbons is the third DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses recipient at Warren General.

In February, a man was brought to the emergency room for seizure.

His wife was three hours away and she couldn’t make it to the hospital due to a “fierce” snowstorm.

“She spoke with Hope on the phone several times to provide medical history and was reassured during their conversation that their loved one was right near the nurses’ station and that she would give extra good care to him,” according to a release from Warren General Hospital. “She was very upset bout not being able to be there with her husband and Hope said all the right things at that time and she felt her husband was in good hands.”

In nominating Gibbons for the award, the woman said, “I since learned that Hope is a new nurse. She should be very proud of how well she communicated and for the level of attention I was provided lat that night.”

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, according to the release. “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,” according to the release. “The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.”

“When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night,” Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, said. “Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Warren General Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. A committee at WGH selects the recipient from among the nominees.

“Awards are presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors,” according to the release. “Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as 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.'”

“Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe,” according to the release.

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

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