A nurse at Mercy Medical Center – Centerville was honored with THE DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at a recent ceremony in Des Moines. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.
Tina Walag, RN in the medical-surgical department was honored with the 2013 DAISY award. Walag was described as skilled, proficient and genuinely caring in all of her interactions with patients and families. A patient’s family nominated Walag and wrote that their father was a patient of Walag’s following surgery. They stated that even though he was incoherent about what was going on, she treated him like a human being explaining in a soft tone what was being done and patting him reassuringly. She shared tears and hugs with the family and when he recovered, she was good to stop in and see him even though he was not her patient.
Several other Centerville nurses were nominated for the award including: Jackie Kelly, Carla Cochran, Charlotte Arbogast, Amanda Jones, Rebecca Pfannebecker, Paula Pratt, Mary Lou Sales, Rachel Reece and Tasha Spurgeon.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for the profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.