Meet Our Most Recent DAISY Award Winner

Meet Our Most Recent DAISY Award Winner

Nineteen Nurses at Pratt Regional Medical Center were honored as nominees for The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, during a lunchtime Bar-B-Que at PRMC on Wednesday. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

Samantha Kettering, LPN, was recognized by Pratt Regional Medical Center as our 2019 Spring DAISY Award recipient. Samantha was nominated by a patient who shared, "from the moment I arrived I felt compassion, I knew I was in the hands of professionals.  Sam went out of her way to provide what I needed or wanted."  Samantha started her nursing career at Pratt Regional Medical Center as a Certified Nurse Aide at Pratt Rehabilitation and Residence Center, she continued her education and has been working as a Licensed Practical Nurse, on the Medical Surgical floor.  Samantha just graduated from nursing school with her Registered Nursing degree this last weekend.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.  The care Patrick 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 patient families.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and then the “blinded” nominations are voted on by a committee of employees at Pratt Regional Medical Center to select the winner of each DAISY Award. Awards are given twice a year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors.  Samantha received a certificate commending her for being an "Extraordinary Nurse."  The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people."  She also was given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation said, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Pratt Regional Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

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Thank you, Samantha, for all that you do for our patients and their families!