Lisa Walker, BSN, RN is the first nurse at Bronson Battle Creek (BBC) to be 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 every day.
Walker has worked on the BBC cardiopulmonary unit and was nominated by a patient who described his stay in the hospital as being “more pleasant than I’d expected due to the care and compassion Lisa provided.”
He wanted the nominating committee to know that while hospitals may not be the most happy places at times, Walker made it better from the time he came in until the time he left. She empowered him by providing education to help once he left the hospital. She was also nominated by a colleague who shared that Walker is “incredible both as a nurse and as a co-worker” and always goes “above and beyond the call of duty to help, and is always positive, encouraging others to look on the bright side.”
Each quarter, a nurse will be selected by Bronson Battle Creek’s Nursing Practice Coordinating Council to receive The DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the 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." The honoree will also be given a meaningful sculpture called ‘A Healer’s Touch,’ hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
“We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in The DAISY Award program,” said Susan Watson MSN, RN, NE-BC, chief nursing officer at Bronson Battle Creek. “It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued. Nurses are heroes everyday.”
Walker earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in psychology from Alma College and the other in nursing from Grand Valley State University. She also completed work for her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University. She is licensed in Michigan as a professional counselor.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, 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 (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care he 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.
Photo ID(L-R) Linda Fletcher, C3 manager; Wendy Boersma, assistant VP patient care services; DAISY Award winner Lisa Walker, cardiopulmonary unit; and Susan Watson, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services.