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Nurse honored with DAISY Award at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center


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Nurses at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

Josie Chaves, RN

This quarter’s recipient is Josie Chaves, RN. Josie is an RN in our Family Care Services Department.  She proudly shared that she first started working at ENMMC back in 1972!  She graduated from a nurse midwifery program in Mexico and when she first started working at Eastern, spoke very little English. She loves what she does and has tried to retire several times, but keeps finding her way back to ENMMC to care for our tiniest of patients.

Josie was nominated by several patients and their family members. One nomination read, “I came in with symptoms. Josie right away understood and went beyond her care to make sure I was comfortable and knew what was going on. She prevented me from having seizures that could put me and my baby girl at risk due to high blood pressure. I thank her for her care, understanding, and just for treating me so greatly. Thank you! I want you to know I never forget you.”

Another patient submitted this statement, “Josie was my nurse the day after I delivered my son. She did an excellent job and took the time to guide a new mother through the challenges I was and would be facing. However, this nurse’s truly exceptional care came three days later when I had to admit my son into the hospital. As soon as she found out my son and I were back, she immediately found us and continued to care for us. She was not even my son’s nurse but she did everything in her power to make sure he received the best care. Additionally she helped me so much. As a new mother, I was scared to death and this nurse made me feel so much better and comforted me. She was amazing and deserves this award.”

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.

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Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues and they are chosen by a committee at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors. Each Honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him 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.” The Honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

One day while Pat was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a Cinnabon cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit. With the help of Cinnabon’s franchise partners, The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.

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 ENMMC are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

Chief Nursing Officer Debbie Temple said, “We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to DAISYfoundation.org.

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