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Extraordinary nurses recognized at ENMMC

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Katrina Dowdy, third from left, was recognized as Eastern New Mexico Medical Center’s DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses winner for this quarter. (Submitted Photo)

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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.

Congratulations to Katrina Dowdy! Katrina was recognized as our DAISY Award winner for this quarter. One of her nominations read, “Our entire experience was great. All the nurses and staff were great in the nursery and labor dept. One thing Katrina did that really stood out was that she took a couple of the hats for the babies and made one with a bow on it, she said: “a little girl deserves a bow.” She did it right there at the table while she was checking her. She even sang her a song. The extra care she gives to all her patients is outstanding, and to the family as well. Katrina did all this while still mentoring a nurse.”

Another patient stated, “Throughout my entire delivery/labor process, Katrina went above and beyond. As a first-time mom (after four pregnancy losses) Katrina eased my fears. At one point, my baby went into distress and she calmly maneuvered me into different positions until the baby was stabilized. She stayed by my side and reassured me through that process. When it came time to deliver, my doctor was stuck in traffic and she took control getting the room prepped. She kept the atmosphere calm for me and even sang along to my birthing playlist and danced to ‘Push it’ while singing (with) Salt n Peppa!”

When Katrina was given her award, she shared, “It is an honor to receive the DAISY Award. I’m humbled. I’ve been a nurse for eight years. When I was 11 years old, I volunteered at a local nursing home and I knew that I wanted to be a nurse. The residents of the nursing home taught me to be compassionate about others. In my current position as a labor and delivery nurse, I am most passionate about empowering new mothers during their most vulnerable state. It means a lot to me to help them have the labor and birthing experience they want and to be able to provide care in my community.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California 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.

Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, president and co-founder of The DAISY Foundation, “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 http://DAISYfoundation.org.