Certified Registered Nurse Laurie R. was named as Capital’s first-ever DAISY Foundation Award recipient for fourth quarter, 2018. Pictured with Laurie at left is Chief Nursing Officer Becky Means, RNC, BSN, MBA.

Capital Medical Center awarded its second-ever DAISY Foundation Award on Monday to Intensive Care Unit Certified Registered Nurse Laurie R., who was one of 14 nominees recognized to receive the international award given for demonstrated excellence and compassion in nursing.

With fellow nominees, Capital leaders and nominators looking on, Laurie received the award from Chief Nursing Officer Becky Means, RNC, BSN, MBA.

“All of our nominees are such excellent nurses who represent our mission, vision and values,” Means said. “We thank and congratulate them and look forward to them being nominated again. Congratulations to Laurie on being our second DAISY Award recipient for outstanding compassion and nursing excellence.”

Laurie has been a nurse at Capital Medical Center since July 2006. ICU Director Nicole Liu, RN, says Laurie embodies compassion, thoughtfulness and dedication to her patients each and every day.

“And she does it all with a passionate, enthusiastic and cheerful attitude,” Liu says. “Laurie is reliable and accommodating when staffing requests are proposed. She comes in early and stays late to help support our units team.”

As a DAISY Award recipient, Laurie received a certificate, DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch”.

“Laurie is one of a few trained Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Line nurses in the hospital. With that skill she is rotated throughout the hospital to help our patients receive the medications they need timely and earlier discharges home if the patient can have home infusion.

“She is flexible throughout her shift from going from floor nurse to PICC nurse to support our team, Liu continues. “Laurie also uses personal time here or comes in on the weekend when not required just to make sure our patients receive the care they need.”

The Capital DAISY Award selection committee votes “blindly” in being provided copies of completed nomination forms with the names redacted. All nominees are invited to attend the presentation event, but the name of the DAISY Award winner is kept secret until presentation time.

The DAISY Award is given in remembrance of Patrick Barnes, who passed away at age 33 in 1999 from an auto-immune disease. His family wanted him to be remembered and they chose to honor the nurses that took care of their loved one.

The award is made in partnership with the national DAISY Foundation, American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and Capital Medical Center. The award is given to outstanding nurses in more than 3,000 health-care facilities in all 50 states and 18 countries.

A cake and cinnamon rolls were enjoyed at the event conclusion; because cinnamon rolls were Barnes’ favorite during his illness, each award is celebrated with cinnamon rolls – shared among one and all to reflect that nursing requires a team effort.

For additional information on the DAISY Foundation Award, including the form to use to nominate a Capital nurse for the award, visit http://bit.ly/2RruD0v.