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09/03/15
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Rachel Kemp, RN, of Peninsula Regional Medical Center has earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Medicine is a science, but there is also an art to its practice. Rachel Kemp, RN, a nurse at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, recently showed that she is not only a master of clinical understanding but also of the compassion needed to practice medicine to its greatest extent. For that, she earned the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Kemp was nominated by a physician who saw what a difference she had made in a patient’s care. “Imagine yourself as a 54-year-old, still in the prime of life, who just found out that you have a lung mass with masses in your brain consistent with metastatic disease and possible liver metastases,” the physician wrote. “You are in the hospital for the first time as a patient getting different opinions from many specialists… Of course you would be scared, devastated by the diagnosis as my patient was when she came into the hospital. “Rachel Kemp sensed that this patient was feeling uneasy. She put herself in the patient’s shoes by sharing her own personal stories. She connected with this patient like no one else could to help alleviate her fears. This patient felt extremely comfortable with Rachel and you could tell that there was a true connection and trust that was being formed. Rachel truly exemplifies the meaning of a compassionate nurse who has a keen sense of knowing when a patient needs more emotional support. PRMC should be proud to have her as an RN and I am proud to work bedside her and have her care for any of my patients.” Kemp was honored with the Daisy Award in a ceremony before her colleagues, and 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 given fresh daisies, 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.”