Bronson Nurses Recognized for Extraordinary Care

Nurses are nominated for the DAISY Award by patients, family members and colleagues. These nurses are recognized for going above-and-beyond to provide exceptional patient care.Eight nurses from Bronson Methodist Hospital are recent recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Tracey Day, RN, Sue Fern, RN, Judi Jackson, BSN, RN, Kristen Kausrud, RN, Kristina Lombardi, BSN, RN, Corrie McArthur, BSN, RN, Marti Nuyen, RN, CEN, and Laurie Smith, RNC-LRN, each received the award during the first half of 2017.

January through March 2017 award winners

Four 2017 Q1 DAISY Winners Stand Holding Their Awards

  • Sue Fern, a nurse on the general surgery unit (GSU), was nominated for the DAISY Award because of her dedication to providing exceptional patient care for every patient every time. Sue stood out to both me and my husband. She went beyond our expectations and "wowed" us. Her outstanding professional care completed our Bronson Positivity experience.
  • Corrie McArthur, a pre/post-op nurse, was nominated for the DAISY Award because of her willingness to go above-and-beyond to make sure her patient and their family was comfortable and the care they need – and deserve. “After being at the hospital for 9 ½ hours, I was stressed and worried for my mother, and I was worn out too. Corrie was constantly checking on the status of when a room would be available and kept me informed of what was going on.”
  • Marti Nuyen, a nurse from the emergency department (ED), was nominated for the DAISY Award by a patient who explained that Marty was able to “understand my pain and give me unexplainable comfort during one of the most painful times in my life.” For her patient, “she was an example of true nursing excellence in action.”
  • Laurie Smith, a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), was nominated for the DAISY Award for her ability to care for not only her patient, but the patient’s family. “When she was my daughter’s nurse, Laurie helped me not feel so lonely and made the time go by more quickly. She was always patient, understanding, positive and smiling.”

April through June 2017 award winners
2017 Q2 DAISY Award Winners Hold Their Awards

  • Tracey Day, a labor and delivery nurse, was nominated for the award because of her ability to provide comforting, judgment-free care. “The subtle pat on the shoulder or ‘you've got this,’ is what got us through a stressful time. She was comforting to my daughter from start to finish and encouraged her along the way.”
  • Judi Jackson, a cardiac rehab nurse, was nominated for the DAISY Award because she “goes above-and-beyond. She teaches new patients and makes them feel safe and comfortable. She is always working and concerned about her patients. She is an experienced nurse and it shows in her care and work.”
  • Kristen Kausrud, a nurse in the general surgery unit (GSU), was nominated for the DAISY Award by a coworker because of her commitment to ensuring her patients receive the highest quality of care possible. “When faced with a difficult situation with a patient, she stuck to her gut and advocated for a patient who wasn’t able to advocate for themselves. It’s nurses like Kristen who are willing to stand up for their patients that help create the best possible patient outcomes.”
  • Kristina Lombardi, a nurse in the medical intensive care unit (MICU), was nominated for the DAISY Award for her willingness to go above-and-beyond to advocate and care for her patient. “She was very attentive and did everything in her power to make sure that all the [team members] caring for me had the [information] they needed. She also double checked my discharge information to make sure everything was correct and ready for me to leave.”

The DAISY Award is supported by the not-for-profit DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation. Bonnie and J. Mark Barnes created this foundation and award as a way to remember their son, J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick had a disease that attacked his body and was in the hospital for a long time. His nurses did such a great job with him that the Barnes family created an award that continues to recognize the excellent work nurses do every day.

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