In late 1999, at the age of 33, Patrick Barnes who had survived Hodgkin’s Disease twice, was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura). Pat and his wife, Tena, had just had their first child two months before he became sick. During the eight weeks of the darkest hours of their lives, Patrick experienced the best nursing has to offer in the way that the nurses touched and spoke to him, almost as if they were his family. What really made a lasting impression was the way the nurses showed kindness and compassion that will will stay in his heart for years to come.
As Patrick’s family, we brainstormed what to do in his memory. We vividly recalled the skillful and compassionate care Patrick received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization. We wanted to say “thank you” to nurses everywhere by establishing a recognition program – The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses (The DAISY Award) – to honor the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day.
Samitivej Sukhumvit hospital recognizes and gives priority to our nurses, who care selflessly for others while also participating in projects funded by the Foundation that sponsors the DAISY Nursing Award. The DAISY Award is given to nurses who stand out in their respective departments and are selected in a systematic way. This award has been given every three months three people each time.
Paophirath Chaiboontun, RN
“My wife was admitted to the postpartum ward. My wife and I appreciate Miss Paophirath Chaiboontun, who is the nurse working at this ward. She is very kind and willing to serve the patient not only with routine work, but also other things which were not her responsibility. She have a good relationship; she is always ready to serve. My wife and I are impressed with her performance.”
Peeraya “Pee” Charusab, RN
“I was admitted to ICU; one of the nurses who took care of me was Peeraya. She is a professional nurse who practices with compassion and care. On day two, after CABG surgery, I really needed to pull out the endotracheal tube. Peeraya explained to me clearly about risks and benefits of removing tube at that time, the plan of care and others details. Moreover, she told me to be patient, and encouraged me to follow the treatment plan. I was very impressed with her knowledge and care. Finally, at the end of that day the tube was removed. I felt very happy. After I was transferred to the inpatient ward, I still came back to ICU to say hello to Peeraya. I told the ICU manager that “today I have recovered from surgery and can walk because of the excellent care I received from Peeraya and I would never forget her for the rest of my life.”
Notthasuang “Nott” Po-Ngern, RN
“I was admitted in the hospital for a kidney transplant. Before this admission, I used to argue with and had negative attitudes about nurses. After I have received exceptional nursing care from Notthasuang, my attitude changed. Notthasuang is devoted to and valued in her professional practice. She always encouraged me and made me and my wife laugh whenever we got bored. Moreover, she visited me every day to explain each detail step-by-step, even when it was her day off.”
Daisy Award. Available from http://daisyfoundation.org/daisy-award. Accessed on September 27, 2016.