For providing outstanding care and commitment to her profession, Tomah Memorial Hospital registered nurse Karen Brady, RN, CNOR, has been selected as the hospital’s 2018 recipient of the internationally recognized DAISY Award.
“Karen looks at every single patient as an individual and really treats them as somebody that she connects with on an individual basis and really looks at what they need at the moment,” TMH chief nursing officer Tracy Myhre, MSN, RN, said of the recognition that was made public during the hospital’s national hospital week awards program held May 7.
Brady is the second person to receive the DAISY award since the hospital first implemented the program in 2017.
The recognition program was established by the not-for-profit DAISY Foundation, based in Glen Ellen, California, by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who at the age of 33, died in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.
Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation said the care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
A woman whose daughter underwent an operation at Tomah Memorial nominated Brady for the award. “It is not easy to hand over your child, even for a simple procedure, but Karen simply provided some of the best personalized care I have ever witnessed,” the woman wrote in the nomination form. “Karen was simply fantastic.”
Brady was one of seven nurses nominated for the award and ultimately selected by a five-person hospital committee.
“I was absolutely shocked to get the award,” Brady said. “To be validated for all the work you put in is just absolutely incredible.”
Brady has been a surgical nurse at TMH three years. “My favorite part of being a nurse is the fact that not only do I get to care for so many different patients and different backgrounds, I also get the opportunity –especially being a surgical nurse – to care for patients pre-op, in-op and post-op,” Brady said. “Surgery can be a scary experience for anyone and having reassurance and knowing who’s going to be with you the whole time that makes all the difference and gives me the opportunity to provide the human side of nursing and medicine."
Brady said the award also confirms the work and commitment of all nurses in the profession.
“There’s so many different avenues within nursing in which people can find something that fits for them, and it’s a great career, especially if you enjoy taking care of people – you won’t be let down.”
Brady plans to further her nursing profession by obtaining a doctoral degree and becoming a nurse practitioner. “I’m hoping to expand my nursing career just because I’ve found such a joy in the job that I currently partake in. So I’ve wanted the opportunity not only to challenge myself to be the best nurse I can be, but to validate that through having a doctorate degree as well.”
As part of the DAISY recognition, Brady’s name and nomination will be added to the national DAISY website.
Myhre said the hospital’s next DAISY Award recipient would be announced next May. She said patients, families and colleagues can nominate nurses for the recognition using a DAISY Award nomination form located on the hospital’s website at www.tomahhospital.org. Printed nomination forms are also located at the hospital.
“Having the DAISY Award really helps nurses to understand the value that they bring to health care and our organization and to our patients. Our nurses do a great job so when the nominations come in it can be hard to pick from,” Myhre said.
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