The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses recognizes the very special work nurses do every day. It was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of the extraordinary nursing J. Patrick Barnes received when he was hospitalized. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.) This nursing recognition award program offers patients, families, and professional colleagues a way to honor nurses for all they do. The DAISY awardees consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care. They are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community.
This week we honor Danielia Powell, RN, BSN (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at the Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands, Texas.
We were expecting twins and had an emergency C-section at 35 weeks.
One of our sons didn't make it. Danielia was our first nurse coming into the NICU working both with our son L, who passed away, and with our son, P, who was transferred to the NICU. During our 9 day stay, Danielia would continually stop in to see how P. and my husband and I were doing, and to ask about arrangements for L. While at our son's funeral, I was told that Danielia came in to hold P at 10:00 AM, which was the time of our son L's funeral service. Finding out that she held our other son P while the service was going on means the world to us. That was extremely touching.
I will never forget her and she will always be in my prayers. She shows true compassion in the nursing profession. I knew P would be in good hands in the NICU, but I would never have dreamed that it would be care at that level, with Daniela coming into to care for my son at her own time.
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