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helen Bouton

People experience life-changing moments at the hospital; some are terrifying, and at those times it helps to have an angel at your side. That’s what one patient found in PRMC nurse Helen Bouton, and for Bouton’s compassionate care, she has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses. 

The patient came in to the Emergency Department by ambulance in cardiac arrest, and in her words: “I remember an angel telling me not to give up as she was pounding on my chest; I remember the paddles waking me up and pulling me out of what seemed like a dream that I wanted to continue but needed to leave because I wanted to be with my children. The pain every time the paddles hit me was nothing I had ever felt before. I remember screaming at everyone asking why they kept hitting me. Yes ... they were saving my life!”

The “angel” at her side was Helen Bouton, RN. Bouton works in Peninsula Regional’s cardiac catheterization lab, and she is known for being extremely skilled clinically, as well as compassionate to every patient she encounters. Colleagues say she gives confidence and kindness to patients who are scared and anxious, and her calm, knowledgeable presence helps her coworkers, too.

For making such a difference in the lives she touches, Bouton was honored with the Daisy Award in a ceremony before her colleagues. She received a certificate commending her 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.” She was also presented with fresh daisies on behalf of the Peninsula Regional Medical staff, and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.  To nominate an exceptional nurse, visit and share a story.

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 firsthand 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.”