DAISY Award Honors Peninsula Regional Nurse Tammy Jo Kinhart
The soothing qualities of music are well known and used in healthcare settings — and one Peninsula Regional Medical Center nurse is being honored for going an extra mile to make sure a patient was able to reap those benefits.
It’s not unusual for patients to suffer from confusion on the Cardio-thoracic Intensive Care Unit. Registered nurse Tammy Jo Kinhart knew there was a patient on the CTICU who was at risk for removing his tracheostomy and ventilator connections, but she noticed that listening to the radio calmed him. So, on her way to work, she stopped and bought a radio for the patient, so that he could listen to music in bed and remain safe without the need for physical or chemical restraints. Having his own radio put the patient at ease, and he had a much healthier, less anxious experience thanks to the compassion and insight of this dedicated nurse.
For going above and beyond the call of duty and showing true compassion and dedication, Kinhart has been honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national program to recognize the outstanding efforts of nurses in their daily work. “Tammy Jo Kinhart is a model nurse for all PRMC employees to follow in light of her compassion and ability to go above and beyond for the patients we serve,” said the colleague who nominated her.
Every month, a nurse will be selected by Peninsula Regional’s nursing administration to receive the DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being 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.” The honoree will also be given a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
“We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day,” said PRMC Chief Nursing Officer Karen Poisker. “It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued.”
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.
President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation Bonnie Barnes said,“When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at PRMC are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”