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DAISY Award Honors Peninsula Regional Nurse Irene Schultz
Irene Schultz, RN, a Peninsula Regional Medical Center nurse, has been honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national program to recognize the outstanding efforts of nurses in their daily work.

Schultz works in PRMC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she cares for premature newborns and other infants with serious health challenges. She was nominated for the award by the mother of a patient, who said: “When my newborn son was brought to the NICU, struggling to breathe, I was terrified and overwhelmed at his unexpected health problems. Fortunately, the nurses of the NICU made it better, and one in particular impressed me with her compassion, humor and sharp clinical skills. Irene Schultz was my son’s nurse for several days. I hated leaving him in the NICU, but when she was his nurse, it felt like I was leaving him in the hands of family.

“Along with her kindness, she was swift to respond whenever a monitor showed signs of trouble. Her insight into his health was always clear and focused during grand rounds, where she helped shape his care plan with the rest of the health care team. And it wasn’t just my family — she showed true affection for all of her patients. Not even the most inconsolable preemie seemed to daunt her positive humor and patience.”

The DAISY Award honors nurses like Schultz, who demonstrate extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors, the honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for being an extraordinary nurse, a bouquet of daisies, cinnamon rolls and a sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

“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.”

To nominate a Peninsula Regional nurse for the award, click here.

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.”