Extraordinary Nursing Recognized

January 24th, 2014

The Daisy Nursing Award Recipients have been announced! The recipients are Stephanie Little at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Robin Russell at Herrin Hospital and Mila Nuss at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital. Nurses touch the lives of so many and a number of patients, their families and colleagues took the time to nominate and share how these nurses touched their lives.

Stephanie Little, RN | Memorial Hospital of Carbondale

Stephanie Little
Little works in Obstetrics at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale where miracles happen everyday, but that doesn’t make each of them any less special! Little was working a shift in late September when she met an expectant birth mom and adoptive parents before helping them through their delivery journey. The adoptive mom said, “Working in healthcare, I see a lot of poor excuses for nursing, but that is not what we got.” Little had to push the baby back up in the birth canal to allow doctors to rescue the baby from where she was lodged by performing a C-section. “To say the least she is a lifesaver… She had a rapport and a way about her that conveys care, compassion and ultimately a respect for everyone involved. Little made a huge impact on our lives.” She added, “Our little girl is a gift from God and so is our birth mommy and in that hospital on those days so was Little. I can say I truly saw the fingerprints of God!”

Robin Russell, RN | Herrin Hospital

Robin Russell
Russell, a nurse of 33 years, works in the Intermediate Medical Care Unit (IMCU) at Herrin Hospital. She was nominated by a colleague who states that “Russell is so happy caring for even the most difficult patients and always sees the positive instead of the difficulty.” Russell also teaches nursing–paving the way for future nurses. Her colleague added, “My hope is that the students will emulate her and model themselves after her.”

Mila Nuss, RN | St. Joseph Memorial Hospital

Mila Nuss
Nuss was working in Infusion Services at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital when she met a patient who was just began her first round of chemotherapy. Soon after meeting her patient Nuss could see that she was very sick and called the patient’s doctor to ask about some medications to help her patient during her chemo sessions. It really meant a lot to the patient that Nuss would take the time to help her feel better during this difficult time. Over the course of her treatments, the patient said that Nuss “always had a smile on her face and eased my fears… Nuss felt like part of my family.”

The DAISY Award is brought to you through the collaborative efforts of the SIH Shared Leadership Council. Click here to nominate a nurse that made a difference in your life or a loved one.

About the Daisy Foundation

The DAISY award was established in memory of Patrick Barnes as a way to honor the extraordinary nursing care that Patrick Barnes received while at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. At the age of 33 and just two months after he and his wife Tena welcomed their first child, Pat was diagnosed with the auto-immune disease, ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura), the disease that ultimately took his life a few months later.

The Best of Nursing

Pat’s family experienced the best of Nursing—the clinical skill that dealt with his very complex medical situation, and the fast thinking of nurses who saved his life more than once—nursing excellence that took years to hone to the best of the profession.

What They Did Not Expect

What Pat’s family did not expect was the way his nurses delivered that care—particularly the limitless kindness and compassion they showed Pat and his family every day. Pat’s family was awed by the way the nurses touched him and spoke with him, even when he was on a ventilator and totally sedated. The way the nurses informed and educated the family eased their minds. These nurses truly helped the family through the darkest hours of their lives, with soft voices of hope and strong loving hugs that to this day, they still feel.

Giving Back

Shortly after Patrick’s passing, the family wanted to honor his memory and create a way to say Thank You for the gifts nurses give their patients and families every day, just as they had experienced. That is how the DAISY Nursing Award (where DAISY stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) was created in 1999.