January 10, 2020

Fourth quarter DAISY Awards honor four extraordinary nurses

DAISY Awards are given to great nurses all over the United States and in many other countries. This is Vanderbilt’s latest group.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has announced the fourth quarter of 2019 recipients of the DAISY Award, a recognition for extraordinary nurses who exemplify compassion toward patients and families.

VUMC is distributing the award in partnership with The DAISY Foundation, which was formed in 1999 to honor the memory of J. Patrick Barnes, a 33-year-old man who died of complications of the autoimmune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Barnes’ family was moved by the care they received from his nurses and wanted to recognize them as a way to preserve his memory. Therefore, DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

Vanderbilt is one of more than 3,000 health care facilities and schools of nursing in all 50 states and 17 other countries that offer the award.  VUMC nurse committees determine the individual recipients.

This round of DAISY Awards honors four recipients — one each from Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and The Vanderbilt Clinics. Previous winners of the DAISY Award are here. The award is open to all licensed nurses and anyone can nominate — including co-workers, patients and their families. Nominations may be made here.

Recipients will be honored with a certificate, badge pin and a sculpture made in Zimbabwe called “A Healer’s Touch.”

The winners of this group of DAISY awards are:

Kaitlyn Henderson, RN. Unit: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Entity: Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Kaitlyn Henderson. From the nomination: “By far she has been my favorite nurse that has been taking care of my daughter. She is very gentle with her any time she checks her or moves her. She keeps a close eye on my daughter and is very observant about what she does and how she reacts. She always answers any questions I have for her. She keeps me updated on everything she is going to do before she does it. She is very helpful with everything. She has been caring, asking me if I may need something too to make sure I am also taken care of and making sure I know where stuff is here if I may need anything.” Photo by John Russell

Kayla Felker, RN. Unit: Adult 1. Entity: Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital

Kayla Felker. From the nomination: “Kayla, from day shift, was my assigned nurse multiple times during my stay at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital. Not only was she very kind to me during my stay, she was attentive, compassionate and patient. She made herself available to me as often as I needed her, and was very knowledgeable when it came to my treatment plan. She always had a smile on her face, and treated me with dignity and respect. I never felt as though I bothered her. She made sure I was comfortable and reassured me I was safe. She also was very kind to my family, and made it a point to be available to them and myself when needed.” Photo by Joe Howell

Carter Wamp, RN. Unit: Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Entity: Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital

Louis (Carter) Wamp. From the nomination: “My son has a neurological condition that has left him mostly paralyzed, blind and in pain. He was having a very frustrating day with therapy and was feeling as if the doctors were giving up. Carter was so kind and compassionate. All day he had explained everything he did to my son, asking him for permission before he did anything – just making sure he felt that he mattered and still had some control in his life. But when my son had just had it and started crying, Carter stopped everything he was doing and came in and just talked to him and calmed him down. He was also the one to suggest some type of anxiety management with the doctors. This has really helped my son.” Photo by Joe Howell

Jennifer Baldwin, RN. Unit: Medical Infusion Clinic Entity: Vanderbilt Adult Clinics

Jennifer Baldwin.  From the nomination: “The pharmacy was closing and there were post-chemo meds I had to take and (my husband) had my wallet and money with him! Jenny Baldwin, RN, was my nurse that day and when she realized what was going on and saw the stress and fear in my eyes of trying to figure out how to get the medications, she said, ‘Don’t worry about that! You just focus on you right now. I will go get your medications and pay for them and when your husband gets back, we can square things away then.’ It was only $15, but it felt as though she was giving me the world at that moment and like she had taken such a weight off of me.” Photo by Joe Howell