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DAISY Awards (November 2017): Honoring Mission Hospital’s Extraordinary Nurses

Congratulations to Mission Hospital’s November 2017 Daisy Award Honorees for Extraordinary Nurses!

Brooke Graham, BSN, RN, Women’s and Children’s Staffing Pool

Nomination from a patient’s spouse

“When Andrea’s doctors ran in due to baby’s heart rate drop and literally ran her out screaming and crying for an emergency C-section, I was scared, nervous and oblivious as to what was going on. When they brought me into the surgery room, Andrea still laid on the operating table with doctors working on her. Brooke immediately took to me to keep my mind and eyes off what was happening behind me and focused on baby and her. She got my phone and took several pictures of me and baby for Andrea, because she was out and missed the entire birth (which felt like days).

While we were waiting, she was assuring me Andrea was okay and would be done soon, also explaining the baby was okay and how to watch for signs of his breathing while keeping me focused on the positives. While we waited for Andrea in the recovery room, Brooke kept me distracted so I wouldn’t focus on Andrea in her current state on the table. She never let an arm’s distance come between us, as she went to get papers. I wish I could show whoever reads this the feelings running through my head at that time, so you could understand how much Brooke helped us! It is impossible to describe my feelings at that time or how much Brooke did and how much she kept me sane.

All I can do is tell you from the bottom of my heart she is a kind, loving person and went above and beyond her duties as a nurse. I could see she genuinely cared about us. She treated us differently than ordinary patients and more like family in our unique situation. I can promise you she is more that deserving of this award, and her kind and loving soul is an asset to your hospital. This should be rewarded, studied and duplicated! With sincerity and thankfulness.”

Michaellyn Pasztor, BSN, RN, ONC, Orthopedics

Nomination from a patient

“Michaellyn Pasztor is the “best of the best.” She has fabulous nursing skills; however, it is her kindness and compassion to provide the best nursing services to patients that makes her an extraordinary nurse. When I was wheeled into the Orthopedics unit, I was asked what outstanding care meant to me. I told the nurse that I wanted an efficient and effective nurse. However, with Michaellyn, I received not only outstanding, efficient and effective high-quality nursing skills from a true professional but a nurse who always welcomed me with a huge smile.

I could see the warmth and kindness in her smile and she checked on me frequently just to make sure I was doing okay. I was only one day out of surgery and she asked if she could cut my chicken breast into pieces so I could enjoy my salad at lunchtime. Wow! We had brief conversations; however, I really felt that I was getting to know Michaellyn, the person, as well as the nurse. I learned of her love of tennis and how she enjoys teaching young girls how to play, which gave me an insight into her community service.

Michaellyn gave me several hugs during her 12-hour shift which made me feel so wonderful because everyone can use a hug especially when they find themselves unexpectedly in the hospital after an accident. Michaellyn is an exceptional nurse who really is interested in her patients and offers exceptional nursing services. She is so genuine and compassionate and goes above and beyond to make your stay an exceptional experience. She truly deserves recognition for her phenomenal attitude and desire to serve her patients well. Michaellyn is an asset to Mission Hospital and the patients she serves. She deserves to be recognized with a DAISY award for being an extraordinary nurse!”

A big WooHoo! and congratulations to all of our extraordinary nurses!

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