Amber Curry, RN, BSN, Behavioral Medicine, Blessing Hospital, became the 31st Blessing nurse to receive the international DAISY Award.
Through the DAISY award program, patients or their family members, visitors, doctors, hospital staff members or volunteers may recognize the extraordinary care provided by nurses.
Curry was nominated by a patient she cared for after the patient’s suicide attempt. The nomination stated, “I was exhausted, devastated, ashamed of myself and in pain for everything I’d gone through. I would barely even lift my head to talk to anyone. She stood in my room and asked me questions, gave me advice and told me she knew other people who had struggled.”
“After she stood there and talked to me even though I’m not always a very cooperative patient, it gave me some sort of hope,” the patient wrote.
Curry received a certificate, DAISY Award recipient pin, hand-carved stone sculpture entitled, “A Healer’s Touch” sculpted in Africa specifically for DAISY Award recipients, and a DAISY Award banner to display in her department.
DAISY stands for “Diseases Attacking the Immune System.” The family of a 33-year old man who died of an immune system disorder began the program in 1999 to honor his memory by recognizing extraordinary nurses everywhere who make a difference in the lives of people by the work they do every day. More than 1,900 healthcare providers worldwide participate in the DAISY Award program.
DAISY Award nomination forms are located on all nursing units throughout Blessing Hospital, other locations on the 11th Street campus and on the internet at blessinghealth.org/patients/recognize-team-member.