Nurses honored with DAISY Awards
Jeritza Graves, a staff nurse on the postpartum floor, was recently named the November DAISY Award recipient for McLeod Regional Medical Center. She was nominated by a patient for her extraordinary care and compassion.
To recognize nurses at McLeod who are true examples of nursing excellence, patients, family members and co-workers may nominate nurses for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the remarkable efforts nurses perform every day.
On the nomination form, the patient offered praise for Graves. “After a complicated and scary delivery of my son, we were moved to Postpartum where we met Jeritza,” the patient wrote. “She went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of as well as our son. She was patient with us, as I was learning how to breastfeed, and she gave me advice on how to make sure I was successful.
“There were times when my husband and I were extremely tired and emotional, and Jeritza calmed us down. She comforted us and helped to calm all the fear we had of being parents for the first time. Because of her, we went home feeling a lot more comfortable. I cannot thank her enough for everything she did for us and for just being patient with us as we began a new journey.”
MUSC Florence honors Costello
Darlene Costello, a registered nurse in Day Hospital at MUSC Health Florence Medical Center, was recently selected to receive the center’s DAISY Award. She has been in nursing for more than 30 years.
Costello was nominated by a patient and their family member. Her nomination was received from a patient she cared for in Day Hospital. The patient and patient’s family described her as “full of kindness and patience; the exact kind of nurse that you would hope to have. She was so good to us the entire time of our visit.”
The family member of the patient further explained that Costello provided additional resources and answers to their questions, which made their visit pleasant during a time when they were anxious.
“Darlene cares for her patients as if they were her own family,” said Cheryl Dorriety, director of Outpatient Services – Day Hospital/Endoscopy. “Darlene explains and educates patients on the processes and expectations; not only are patients a priority, she also assists and supports her co-workers and peers with her skill for teamwork and respect. She utilizes her skills of innovation with assisting other staff members and departments on improving customer experiences and outcomes. Darlene takes accountability for herself and the department through her words and actions, as demonstrated in her own daily practice, but also assisting with educational sessions, updates, and safety concerns within the department.”
The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. 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. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) 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.
Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. Recipients of the DAISY award are chosen quarterly by the DAISY committee at MUSC Health Florence Medical Center.