June 2019 SBL DAISY Nurse Award recipient

DAISY Award winner Debbie Murray, RN

Debbie Murray, RN, was honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Sarah Bush Lincoln on June 18.

Murray was nominated for making a big impression on a patient who was receiving ongoing care at SBL’s Advanced Wound Center. The patient’s daughter expressed her gratitude to Murray in the following letter:

“My mother has been receiving care at the Advanced Wound Center for the past year and a half. The wound center has been a tremendous asset to me as well as my mother. Debbie has been extremely knowledgeable and helpful, not only in her wound care but in coordinating my mother’s three doctors, pharmacies, home health and assisted living nursing staff. She is so timely and efficient in what she does. In one afternoon, she had everything organized and ready to go for my mother’s PICC line, pharmacy for the medication, and home health care set up.

She also has patiently and compassionately listened to me when I was experiencing problems at her supportive living facility. I truly believe she goes above and beyond what is expected of her in a very professional manner. She is definitely an outstanding role model for nurses everywhere. Thanks Debbie!”

Sarah Bush Lincoln has joined more than 2,700 healthcare facilities by becoming a DAISY Award hospital partner. During the award presentation, Murray received a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a unique, hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, entitled, “A Healer’s Touch.”

The DAISY Award was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of 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 families.

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and other employees may nominate a deserving nurse for The Daisy Award and a nurse will be selected by SBL’s DAISY committee every month to received this special honor. Nomination forms are located at www.sarahbush.org and at all SBL clinics and on patient floors. The forms can be submitted to any Sarah Bush Lincoln staff member, or sent via email to daisy@sblhs.org or mail to Sarah Bush Lincoln, DAISY Nursing Award, 1000 Health Center Drive, Mattoon, IL 61938. For more information, contact SBL DAISY coordinator, Jamie Easton, RN, at (217) 238 -6255 or jeaston@sblhs.org.

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