Extraordinary Nurse Recognized

February 23, 2021

Extraordinary Nurse Recognized at Western Plains Medical Complex

Rachel Haskins, RN, from the Intensive Care Unit of Western Plains was recently honored with The Daisy Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. 

Rachel was nominated by a patient’s family, “Whenever I interacted with Rachel, I never once felt that I was bothering her or that she was too busy to take my call. I was never made to feel that she was burdened by the high care needs of my husband. She always made me feel like my husband was her only patient. It’s so obvious she loves being a nurse and understands the awesome responsibility and duty she has to her patients. Because of Rachel’s expert care, compassion, and teamwork, she has restored a husband and father of two to his family and friends who love him so dearly. He is alive today because she did not give up on him. Our family is eternity grateful to Rachel for all of her extra care to help save my husband’s life.” Moments like this truly highlight what an extraordinary nurse Rachel is.

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. 

Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, CEO and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Western Plains Medical Complex are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

Said Chief Nursing Officer Marsha Jamison, “We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day. It’s so important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The Daisy Foundation provides a way for us to do that. Rachel is a wonderful living example of what The Daisy Award exemplifies, we are blessed to have her on the team. ”

“I have heard the kindest words ever uttered these past few days, everyone has filled my heart all the way up. Thank you! I work with the very best team of nurses, RT’s, supervisors, admin, doctors, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists, techs, ancillary staff, who I learn from every day, who have patience when I fall short, who forgive shortcomings with grace. This past year has been HARD, and I wouldn’t have wanted to do it with anyone else!”

In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 4,600 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nurses Advancing Health Equity, Nusing Faculty, Nursing Students, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, Medical Mission Grants their new health Equity Grant Program. More information is available at DAISYfoundation.org.

If you'd like to say thank you to a nurse, please submit a nomination to WesternPlainsMC.com.