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DAISY Award recognizes ‘extraordinary nurse’ at ENMMC

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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, according to a press release from ENMMC.

The press release congratulates Kimberly Davis, who was recognized as the DAISY Award winner for this quarter.

Davis has been a nurse for three and a half years and has worked at ENMMC for a year and a half. At a young age, her aunt was in a car accident, causing severe brain damage. Her grandparents owned a small town business making it difficult to handle both her aunt and the business. Once she was of age, Davis started caring for her aunt. In this time, she learned about patient care and fell in love with being a caregiver, according to the press release. From that point on Davis knew she was meant to be a nurse, and to be one that makes a positive impact on someone’s life during their most vulnerable moments.

In talking with Davis about nursing, she stated, “The most rewarding part of nursing is building a bond and relationship with my patients during the time of their stay at the hospital. Working on the ICU is challenging, exciting and emotional, but to know I am able to medically help my patients makes it all worth it.”

She was honored to receive the DAISY Award, and said, “Receiving this award means I have made a positive impact on someone to have been nominated. It also means that all I do does not go unnoticed, and encourages me to keep pushing and striving to be the best nurse I can be for my community.”

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The nonprofit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who 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 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 patient families.

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.

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 sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Mychelle Ross, interim chief nursing officer, 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.”

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