DAISY Award Honors Peninsula Regional PACU Nurse Kim Wolfgang
Viewing patients as individuals and making sure they get the best care possible are the ideal for which all Peninsula Regional Medical Center nurses aim. A recent patient experience in the post-anesthesia care unit, or PACU, at Peninsula Regional exemplifies the care and quick thinking that Peninsula Regional nurses provide.
Kim Wolfgang, RN, a PACU nurse, had cared for this patient before his entry to the operating room, and when he was done with his relatively simple procedure, she noticed he was quite agitated. This can be a normal reaction to anesthesia and surgery, but Wolfgang was careful to keep track of his behavior. She invited the patient's family to the bedside to help reorient him, but she kept a close eye as his blood pressure and temperature rose, and alerted the anesthesiologist and surgeon to the unusual changes in his condition. Thanks to her quick intervention and expert clinical skill, the patient was helped to recover in the intensive care unit.
"If it hadn't been for Kim's attentiveness to the patient's condition, her advocacy for the patient and her persistence to get things done, the outcome may have been much different for this patient," said the colleague who nominated her. For showing true dedication and expertise, Wolfgang has been honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national program to recognize the outstanding efforts of nurses in their daily work.
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 Mary Beth D'Amico. "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."