Emily Herman, a registered nurse in the surgical unit at Hamilton Medical Center (HMC), recently received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award recognizes exemplary nursing excellence, and is the highest honor a nurse can receive at HMC. An award presentation reception was recently held.
Herman was nominated by patients who mentioned that she is understanding, energetic, pleasant, engaging, knowledgeable, caring, compassionate and a good communicator.
"Emily is very passionate about nursing," said Judean Bowling, Surgical Services director. "She has a passion for excellence in all she does that can be seen and felt by others. She makes her patients feel comfortable with her caring nature. Emily has an innate gift of compassion and a relentless determination to help everyone."
The award, presented in collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives, is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day.
DAISY Award recipients receive an honorary DAISY pin, a banner to display on their unit, an award certificate and the Healer's Touch, a hand-carved sculpture by the Shona tribe in Zimbabwe. The sculpture is especially meaningful because of the profound respect the Shona tribe gives to its traditional "healers." A Shona healer is affectionately regarded as a treasure by those they are caring for which describes exactly how the DAISY Foundation and Hamilton feel about nurses.
Forty-two other nurses were nominated for the award. They include Cheryl Mitchell, Ladonna Bohannon, Lisa Baxter, Penny Pitts, Shana Leonard, Amanda Cargal, Ashley Ballew, Carrie McDougal, Gaby Diaz, Justin Burgett, Rhonda Townsend, Scott Cavanaugh, Sequoyah Mack, Shanna Ramage, Beth Strawbridge, Cole Currie, Emily Hensley, Allen Thornton, Beth Cooper, Jared Manasco, Kasey Buchanan, Alison McMurry, Arilla Newman, Mayra Cisneros, Sharon Arp, Josh Cole, Laura Koger, Leah Parker, Leland Bennett, Stetson Gunnoe, Tim Winterbottom, Wanda Cooper, Andrea Griffith, Kelly Mullis, Molly Cooper, Bambi Walker, Amber Johns, Brittany Belcher, Jannette Alejo, Leny Mohan, Megan Bethune and Teresia Williams.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, 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. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem.