Nursing

May 13, 2024

DAISY Award spotlight: “Nurse Rhonda went out of her way to make my husband feel at ease”

Rhonda Bryant, LPN, works in in the inpatient unit at Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital. She is one of the latest group of DAISY Award winners at VUMC.

Rhonda Bryant, LPN, works in in the inpatient unit at Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital. She is one of the latest group of DAISY Award winners at VUMC.

From the nomination

“My husband came to same-day surgery for an arteriogram. He was very nervous because he does not go to the doctor often. Nurse Rhonda went out of her way to make him feel at ease, as she could tell he was extremely nervous. She came into the room many times keeping us updated about where we were in the process and what the next steps were. These updates and checking in helped my husband feel much more at ease than I ever thought was possible.”

About DAISY Awards

The DAISY Award is a recognition for extraordinary nurses who exemplify
compassion toward patients and families.

VUMC distributes 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 to preserve his memory. DAISY is an acronym
for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

VUMC nurse committees determine the individual recipients. Previous
recipients 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.