03/22/17
Kirsten Hawkins

A truly caring nurse’s compassion extends far beyond the bedside. One Peninsula Regional nurse, Kirsten Hawkins, RN, went above and beyond with a thoughtful action for her patient, and for her outstanding care, she has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses. 

A colleague nominated Hawkins after witnessing this act of kindness:

“On her day off, Kirsten came into the hospital with a big bag with tissue paper that looked like a birthday present,” her coworker said. “When I asked her who it was for, she said ‘a patient.’ After she came out of the patient's room, I asked if she knew the patient personally, and she said that she did not and she just wanted to bring him something nice.

"Later that day, I spoke with the patient in passing. He shared with me that he was homeless, living in his car and Kirsten had brought him clothes since he didn't have much. He was very grateful for the gift. This act goes above and beyond her nursing duties. Not only did she bring the patient clothes, she wrapped them and presented them in a way that brought him dignity.”

For demonstrating true compassion, Hawkins 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 flowers 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 www.peninsula.org/DaisyAward 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.”