Nicola Stansel, RN, nurse in the Women’s Pavilion at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, was awarded the hospital’s DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Nicola has worked in the Women’s Pavilion in Labor & Delivery at East Georgia Regional Medical Center since 2000.
“Nicola is a team player,” stated a local OB/GYN physician on EGRMC’s Medical Staff. “She puts her patient’s care first and goes the extra distance to ensure that each of her patients are comfortable, safe, and secure. When I was too busy to attend to a task, Nicola took it upon herself to complete what needed to be done to maintain proper continuity of care for the patient. She does a great job, and I appreciate her hard work and attitude.”
Nominations were reviewed by a committee of nurses at EGRMC. Nicola was selected in recognition of the heroic, personal difference she makes in the lives of patients and her peers.
“Nicola’s experience, professionalism and compassionate demeanor make her an excellent nurse,” said Marie Burdett, RN, BSN, Chief Nursing Officer at East Georgia Regional Hospital. “She is an asset to our Women’s Pavilion and to our hospital overall. I am very pleased to honor Nicola with the DAISY Award, as she is very deserving of this recognition.”
The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The DAISY Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors.
“The DAISY Award program allows us to recognize our extraordinary nurses for going above and beyond,” said Stephen Pennington, CEO of East Georgia Regional Medical Center. “Nicola is an extraordinary patient advocate, is always professional, and performs all these tasks in an ‘always’ culture.”
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.
“When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night, said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation. “Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at EGRMC are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”
Each DAISY Award Honoree receives 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 is also given a beautiful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.