Kristen Sturgill is the latest DAISY Award recipient at Caldwell UNC Health Care. Kristen was nominated by the daughter-in-law of a former patient, who appreciated outstanding Kristen care provided her husband’s mother, and took the time to write about it.
“My mother-in-law was in the hospital in August 2016 for 20 days. Kristin was one of her nurses at that time. She was very patient and took time to work with her to help her take her medicines. There were several days when we did not think she would pull through. At times, you could see the worry on Kristin’s face but she stayed positive and kept us encouraged as she worked with her. My mother-in-law made it and went to rehab. In February 2017, she went back to the hospital. Kristin again was her nurse for at least four more days. She knew my mother-in-law right away. She remembered her name which made her more comfortable. My mother-in-law was really confused and Kristin made her feel more relaxed. She remembered that she was blind and had very limited hearing. One day, all family members were working and not able to be at the hospital. The doctor requested a chest x-ray. Knowing that she was too weak to stand, Kristin went with her down to x-ray to help hold her up. It is an awful feeling to have to leave a family member who can’t see or hear; alone in a hospital but what a blessing it is to know she was in such capable and wonderful hands. Not only has Kristin been a blessing not once but twice. I can’t think of any one person who would deserve this award more…not just as a nurse but as such a wonderful caring person. Thank you!”
The DAISY Award was established in November 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who lost his courageous eight-week battle with an auto-immune disease, after twice having survived Hodgkin’s Disease. Patrick’s family wanted to honor him along with the nurses who provided “the best of care” during his stay. Stated the family, “Our goal was to ensure that nurses know how deserving they are of our society's profound respect for the education, training, brainpower, and skill they put into their work, and especially for the caring with which they deliver their care.” Caldwell UNC Healthcare recognizes a nurse quarterly who was nominated and selected who signifies excellence in nursing by providing compassionate, patient centered care.