Extraordinary Nurse Recognized at Western Plains

May 11, 2020

EXTRAORDINARY NURSE RECOGNIZED AT WESTERN PLAINS

A nurse at Western Plains Medical Complex is being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ®. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.

The DAISY Award recipient is Ruth Babcock, RN, from the Intensive Care Unit. Ruth was nominated by a family member of a patient who was critically ill. Ruth helped shepherd the family through making difficult end-of-life decisions. The family recognized and expressed their gratitude for her attentive care and extra assistance during this difficult time. Ruth recognized the emotional needs as well as the physical and went above and beyond her duties to provide exceptional care.

“Ruth has been here for what will be fifty years this September. She is always the first one to sign up for extra shifts and is always the first one to step up to help when needed,” said ICU Director, Mary Lou Leon.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family.  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. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)  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, President 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, extraordinary, compassionate work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Western Plains are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

Said Chief Nursing Officer, Lisa Wallace, “We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in The DAISY Award program.  Nurses are heroes every day.  It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 3,900 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and for nurses participating in medical missions. More information is available at http://DAISYfoundation.org