Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast recently recognized Joanne Waller, RN, with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Waller is employed at the Family Birth Place. She has been a labor-and-delivery nurse for 24 years and joined the Emerald Coast hospital in 2010.
The DAISY Award is part of Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast's efforts to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate care nurses provide patients and families every day.
Waller was nominated for The DAISY Award by a patient. Just before the patient was to give birth, it was discovered that the baby had no heartbeat. "She did anything to help take the pain away, making sure I was comfortable for a smooth delivery," wrote the patient. "She would come to my room every 30 minutes making sure I was okay."
The patient describes Waller as "the most caring person I have ever met. She was by my side through the ups and downs and took the time to get to know me really well. You can tell she is very passionate about her job... Joanne is my angel."
Nurses may be nominated for this award by patients, families and colleagues. The DAISY Award recipient is chosen from submitted nominations by a committee at Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast. Awards are presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the honoree's colleagues, patients and visitors.
The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), an autoimmune disease. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The care Barnes 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 patients' families. More information is available at www.daisyfoundation.org