Posted in
10/08/13
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Linda Tuthill, RN, CCRN, has earned an award for her extraordinary nursing skills at PRMC.

Nurses at Peninsula Regional Medical Center are being honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national program to recognize the outstanding efforts of nurses in their daily work. 

The award recipient for October is Linda Tuthill, RN, CCRN, an intensive care unit nurse. The nomination, written by a family member, described how she provided excellent care not just clinically, but with compassion, too. “My sister was in ICU needing around-the-clock monitoring,” the nominator wrote. “We didn't know if she would make it from one hour to the next. Linda kept us informed of everything, and cared for my sister like she was family. I have witnessed a lot of good patient care, but this was above and beyond anything that could be expected. Linda's professionalism and caring nature really put the family at ease. Aside from making sure she was comfortable and bathed, Linda was very encouraging to my sister. A little kindness goes a long way.” Extraordinary compassion and clinical skill, like that demonstrated by Linda Tuthill, are what the DAISY Award is intended to honor. 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 Zimbabwe. To nominate a nurse, visit www.peninsula.org/DaisyAward. “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.”