Connie Joens, RN, and Mary Ann Beck, RN, BSN
Lake City, FL– Two nurses at Lake City Medical Center have been honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform everyday. Nominations are submitted by patients, family members, volunteers, physicians or other staff members.
The first recipient was Mary Ann Beck, RN, BSN. Mary Ann was nominated twice, by a patient and by another nurse. The patient noted on her nomination form, “She went above and beyond her job description. She always tried so hard to make me happy. I’ve never had a nurse do for me as this nurse did. I appreciate everything she has done for me.” The nurse commented, “Mary Ann exemplifies all that a nurse should be.”
The second recipient was Connie Jones, RN. Connie also was nominated twice, by patients and their families. A family member wrote, “Connie was my mom’s first nurse. She eased all her fears. She is very professional, kind, compassionate and knowledgeable. She is indeed the BEST nurse that we’ve ever had.” Another family member made similar comments. “Connie put our mind at ease with her knowledge. She has a very gentle and caring way. We feel she is an asset to Lake City Medical Center.”
Each quarter, a nurse is selected by Lake City Medical Center’s nursing operations council to receive The DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, the honoree receives 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 beautiful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. A banner is hung in the recipient’s work area so everyone knows that a DAISY Award winner is on that floor.
“We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. This is a great way to be able to recognize nurses who go above and beyond for patient care,” said Barbara VanHoose, RN, BSN, MA, MBA, chief nursing officer for Lake City Medical Center.
About The DAISY Foundation
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 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.
One day while Patrick was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a Cinnabon® cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit. With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the Award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.
Bonnie Barnes, president and co-founder of The DAISY Foundation said, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Lake City Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”