(EFFINGHAM, IL) – HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital recently awarded Joyce Boggs, RN, with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® for the past quarter (January-March 2019). Boggs was nominated by colleagues for her work as a preceptor for new nurses in the hospital’s Women and Infants Center. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.
Boggs’s nomination was by one of the nurses she trained, who shared, “Each day that passed she would teach me something new. I would go home each night and wonder how I would ever be able to know everything that she did….Joyce would always remind me that every nurse and every doctor had their first day; that the skills they now possessed were not acquired overnight. She helped me slowly gain confidence in myself….New nurses need to be lifted up and supported and I can honestly say that Joyce is the reason I stuck it through those six hard months or orientation and the long first year on my own. She’s always just a message away and knows exactly what to say to help you through whatever problem you are dealing with.”
Joyce Boggs shared her reaction to being awarded the DAISY Award. “I am very honored, and honestly a bit shocked. I never expected it,” she said. “I really enjoy precepting nurses, so it touching to be nominated by a nurse that I helped train. I love what I do and working with new nurses, so this award is just icing on the cake.”
Including Boggs, a total of eight dedicated nurses were also recognized for receiving individual nominations for this quarter. These other colleagues included: Sharon Bauer and Rita Habing (ICU); Scott Garner (Hospice); Christy Hunter, Cody Scott, Britiani Walker and Wendy Zinda (Home Health); and Abby Warden (Women and Infants Center).
The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. 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. (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 patient families.
Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues. The award recipient is chosen by the Reward and Recognition Committee at St. Anthony’s to receive The DAISY Award. Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "Extraordinary Nurse." The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.
Said Chief Nursing Officer Bobbi Kinkelaar, “It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that. As an organization, we are extremely proud of our nurses. Nurses are heroes every day. Those we honored here today truly embody our four Core Values of Respect, Care, Competence and Joy in how they care for patients and their families,” she said.                 
Nominations for future DAISY Awards at St. Anthony’s continue to be accepted. Patients and visitors are encouraged to share and submit their story of witnessing excellent and compassionate care from staff. The nomination forms can be downloaded on the home page of the hospital’s web site at stanthonyshospital.org and clicking the DAISY nomination icon. Forms can also be downloaded and emailed to DAISY@hshs.org.
For more information about The DAISY Foundation, visit DAISYfoundation.org

Photo: HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer Bobbi Kinkelaar (left) and President and CEO Theresa Rutherford (right), congratulate Joyce Boggs, RN, St. Anthony’s Women and Infants Center, for being named the hospital’s quarterly DAISY Award recipient.

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