Fayetteville, Ga. (March 7, 2014) - Lea Dean, RN, a nurse in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, has been named winner of the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The recognition is part of a national program honoring nurses for their clinical skills and compassionate care for patients and their families.
Dean was nominated for the award by a patient who recognized her for providing excellent patient care and her pleasant demeanor. The patient praised Dean for keeping her informed every step of the way.
“We’re very happy to honor Lea with the DAISY award,” said Judy Long, RN, MS, CNS, vice president and chief nursing officer at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. “When a patient takes the time to send a letter to thank his or her nurse, we know the care that patient received was exceptional. The DAISY Award is one way we let our nurses know they are highly valued.”
Nurses can be nominated for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses by colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors. Honorees are selected quarterly by a selection committee and nursing administration team.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and their families.
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