Wed, March 21, 2018
WellStar West Georgia Medical Center recently honored two registered nurses — Angela Hammond and John Veal — with the DAISY Award for their over-and-above patient care. In both cases, their patients also happened to be WellStar West Georgia team members.
Ana Lambert, RN, MSN, nurse manager for the float pool/house supervisors/CDU, nominated Angela for the DAISY Award after Angela cared for her in Labor & Delivery during the birth of her baby. They were only acquaintances before the birth, but Angela had told Ana to let her know when being admitted to deliver her baby so she could care for her.
“She instantly began making her own childcare arrangements so she could be by my side,” Ana said. “Without hesitation and much notice, she sacrificed her day off with her son and family to come in and be with mine.
“For 12 hours, she ensured I remained comfortable ... and when a C-section became inevitable, she threw on her cap, called her babysitter, and wheeled me into the OR, remaining by my side until I was in recovery, and postponing her evening plans just to make sure I was OK.”
Ana said that one of the greatest joys of being a nurse is to do something for who can never repay you.
“It is without a shadow of a doubt that Angela would do the same for anyone at any time and with the same positivity and compassion,” she said. “She wasn’t just ‘doing her job’ that day. She gave my husband, family and me something we could never repay her for: peace and comfort.”
Ashley Cornwell, a CNA at WellStar West Georgia, nominated John Veal, RN, after recurring medical issues brought her to the Emergency Department.
“John went above and beyond for me,” she said. “He was very comforting with what I was going through and even researched information for me to better explain my issue. He is awesome at what he does, and I couldn’t have asked for a better nurse.”
Another ED patient nominated John as well, saying: “He made me comfortable and not scared anymore. He was very gentle and understanding — a real person with a real 1000% heart. I love him to death. They should make more nurses like him!”
More than 2,000 healthcare facilities in all 50 states and in 15 other countries honor their nurses with the DAISY Award, which recognizes “the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day.” DAISY stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.
Any patient or family member may nominate a nurse for the DAISY Award. Nomination forms are available at the front desk of the South Tower Lobby or at any nursing station at WGMC.
Nominations also can be emailed to Tammy Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org and should include the nurse’s name, your name and contact information, and a statement of why the nurse is deserving of the DAISY Award.