Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore Nurses Recognized for Extraordinary Patient Care

Added on Jun 05, 2012 | Filed Under: General News

SLIDELL –  Ochsner Medical Center –North Shore recently announced two new recipients of The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.  The two were recognized along with the three 2011 honorees for the outstanding care they consistently provide to patients. 

The new DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses honorees are:

ICU Nurse Lee Miller, RN was nominated by the family of a patient.  The nomination praised Lee for alertness, compassion and patience in dealing with the patient in an emergency situation.  “His ability to explain medical terms to families was extraordinary.  His delightful humor was appropriate and healing,” read the nomination.  Lee has worked at Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore since 1999.

Cory Livingston, RN, who also works in the hospital’s ICU was nominated by a co-worker for going above and beyond to care for her patients.  The nomination outlined her extraordinary efforts: A young girl whose mother was a patient in the ICU gave her mom a stuffed animal to make sure she felt safe in the hospital.  The mother passed away and Cory wanted to make sure the stuffed animal remained with her so she brought it to the funeral home. 

Cory has worked at Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore since 2009.

The following nurses were also recognized as 2011 DAISY award recipients:

Joan Chen, RN – PCU, was nominated by four patients and their families who said she always made time to explain medications and reasons for x-rays.  They added that she is a sensitive caregiver who individualized patient care.  Joan has worked at Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore for 23 years.

Paula Songy, RN – Women’s Services, was nominated by patients and coworkers for the care she provides within the hospital as well as the care she provides outside of the facility.  The nomination recognized her for immediately responding to an emergency while working out at a local health club.  Paula has been with the hospital since 2008.

Fran Waguespack, RN, MSN – Labor and Delivery, was nominated by a Labor and Delivery patient who said  she was sensitive to her needs and respectful of her decision to go natural with her birth plan.  Fran has been employed at Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore since 2004.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of  Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.  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 patient families. 

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