NEW ALBANY, Ind. — Beth Byers, Baptist Health Floyd critical decision unit registered nurse, was presented the national DAISY Award Wednesday. The hospital leadership has presented this award on a quarterly basis since May 2018.
In a nomination letter, Byers was recognized by a patient’s family member for being “compassionate, knowledgeable, attentive and personable.” Her nomination described how well she explained medications and dosages, making sure the patient knew the purpose of each and how to take them correctly.
The letter also described how Byers assisted in comforting the patient and his family when a death had occurred within their family. She showed true compassion, helped the family feel confident with their father’s care, and made their stay as comfortable as possible.
The family member further noted, “Dad said he received better care those few days than any hospital stay he had ever experienced. I am so very grateful for the care Beth gave my dad.”
Byers is an outstanding example of what the DAISY Award is all about.
As part of the DAISY ceremonial recognition, the winning nurses receive a certificate of recognition as an “exceptional nurse,” a DAISY Award pin and a hand-crafted stone sculpture entitled “A Heart’s Touch.” Cinnamon rolls are also given to the winning nurse’s unit at this time as a message to each that when they smell the aroma of a cinnamon roll, stop and think how special they are because they are nurses.
The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. DAISY is an acronym for Disease Attacking the Immune System. During Patrick’s eight-week hospitalization, his family experienced the best in nursing care and compassion provided to Pat and everyone in his family. One of the goals they set in creating a foundation in Pat’s memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses and to thank them for the gifts nurses give their patients and families every day, just as they had experienced. For additional information about the DAISY Foundation visit www.daisyfoundation.org.