Aspirus Tomahawk Hospital’s Melissa Long receives DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses
For the Tomahawk Leader
TOMAHAWK – Aspirus Tomahawk Hospital and Clinics recently honored Melissa Long, RN, with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
A release from Aspirus said Long received the award in recognition for her “commitment and patient-centered approach to care.”
“The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day,” Aspirus stated. “Aspirus Tomahawk Hospital DAISY Award recipients are nurses recognized for going above and beyond patient expectations by providing service with respect, compassion and integrity; generating enthusiasm and energy while carrying out everyday duties and responsibilities; significantly making a difference; and listening not only with ears, but also with heart.”
Long was nominated for the award by a colleague.
“We had a patient that, due to complications, ended up having a more lengthy stay here at the hospital,” Long’s nomination said. “Melissa went the extra step to bring this patient clothes when she was finally being discharged. The patient had arrived with no personal belongings. Leaving with a nice soft sweater put a huge smile on her face. Melissa also took the time to bring this patient outside for walks on our paved walkway. Having been here for over a month, it was beneficial for this patient to get some much-needed fresh air, as well as a change of scenery. Melissa’s heart and attentiveness towards this patient most certainly helped make a tough situation more positive. I admire her heart for her patients and her drive to advocate and treat each person with the dignity they deserve!”
Aspirus said Long and her coworkers were treated to cinnamon rolls, which honor the memory of the late Patrick Barnes, who once ate his father’s cinnamon roll when he was in the hospital without an appetite for food. He then requested one for the next day – and enough for all the nurses in the unit.
“The hope is that whenever a nurse smells that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they’ll stop for a minute and think of how special they are for being a nurse,” Aspirus stated.
Additionally, Long received a daisy honoree pin, a certificate, a bouquet of daisies donated by Nature’s Riches and a sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
Aspirus explained that the family of J. Patrick Barnes created the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award to honor his memory with a tribute to the skillful and compassionate care he received from his nurses during his hospitalization.
Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, visitors and colleagues, and they are chosen by a multi-disciplinary team to receive the DAISY Award.
“The DAISY Award recognizes the outstanding and extraordinary care nurses provide every day,” Aspirus said. “Aspirus DAISY Award winners and nominees exceed the needs and expectations of patients and families by displaying the Aspirus core values of: Compassion, Accountability, Collaboration, Foresight and Joy.”
For more information on Aspirus Tomahawk Hospital, visit www.aspirus.org.