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Patrice Aversa, RN, was honored for her compassionate care.

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 November is Patrice Aversa, RN, a nurse in the Same Day Surgery Department. The nomination, written by a colleague, described how she provided excellent care not just to her patients, but to families too. When an elderly patient passed away, Patrice, who had been keeping the family apprised of the patient’s progress by phone, greeted them in person. “Patrice took the husband and son to see their wife and mother, explained to them very caringly what to expect and stayed with them both during this very difficult time. The husband and son were extremely grateful for the time and energy that Patrice had taken with them under very sad conditions. She made them feel special and made sure that all their questions and concerns were answered. Patrice went out of her way to make sure that the husband and son were well cared for and made their final visit with their mother/wife a special one that they will remember,” the nominator wrote. Extraordinary compassion and clinical skill, like that demonstrated by Patrice Aversa, 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 “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.”