GREENVILLE – “She absolutely exceeded our expectations and I can’t thank her enough for her kindness and compassion,” said a patient who nominated DAISY Award winner Becky Faber, RN, for Wayne HealthCare’s (WHC) semi-annual award.
Nominations for the award are received from patients, families, co-workers and physicians. Upon receive the award, Faber said, “Thank you. It’s the reason, our patients, we come to work every day. I love doing it.”
The award is made in partnership with the national DAISY Foundation, American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and Wayne HealthCare. According to WHC’s Kim Freeman, vice president of patient care services, the award is given to outstanding nurses in more than 2,000 health-care facilities in all 50 states and 15 countries. The number of awards presented is based on the size of the hospital. WHC has been allotted two awards each year. Rose Hall earned the hospital’s first award in May.
Faber, of Arcanum, has been with WHC for 26 years and has served in several departments. She is currently in Perioperative Services. She said, “In this unit you get to spend more time with the patient and the family. You get to know the entire family as a unit. They come in frequently and you become part of their family and they get to be part of our family.” Faber added she loves the community and they keep her coming back. “The people I work with, the people I work for, the patients – it’s just a wonderful community.” As a DAISY Award recipient, Faber received a certificate, DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch.
Angie Lakes, director of Perioperative Services, “This award is much deserved by Becky. She is a special person that gets along well with patients, families, co-workers, physicians. She comes in every day with a smile and good attitude. If she’s having a bad day, she never brings it work with her.”
Freeman noted she and Faber have worked together for 17 years in different capacities. “When this nomination came in, it did not surprise me because I know what kind of nurse Becky is.”
The name of the DAISY Award winner is kept secret until the day of the presentation. The selection committee is given copies of nomination forms with the names redacted and they only vote on the information provided by the nominators. The award winner must meet the following criteria: (DAISY) Dedicated to patient care and satisfaction; Attitude remains positive and demonstrates professionalism in the workplace; Interested in the needs of the patient and family; Stands for and demonstrates the caring ideals, mission and values of WHC; and Yearly evaluation is in good standing.
The DAISY Award is given in remembrance of Patrick Barnes who passed away in 1999 from an auto-immune disease. His family wanted him to be remembered and they chose to honor the nurses that took care of their loved one. Because cinnamon rolls were Barnes’ favorite during his illness, each award must be celebrated with cinnamon rolls. The cinnamon rolls are shared with everyone because nursing requires a team.
If you would like to nominate an extraordinary nurse at WHC, ask for a nomination form the next time you’re at the hospital or contact Freeman at (937) 547-5719.
PHOTO CAPTION: Beck Faber (right) signs the DAISY Award banner that will be displayed at the hospital while Rose Hall (left), Wayne HealthCare’s first DAISY Award, winner holds the banner as Kim Freeman watches.