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DAISY Award: Abbey Bowman

Abbey Bowman Receives Latest DAISY Award

Congratulations to Abbey Bowman, RN, Trauma/Surgical ICU, DCH Regional Medical Center. She was named the most recent recipient of The DAISY Award.

She was nominated by co-worker and RN Sharon McCluskey.

“Abbey is a fairly new nurse to TSICU, but a long-standing member of the team. She started as a unit secretary/patient care assistant, then became an extern. She is invested in the unit and her patients. She demonstrated this in her choices on a [particular] day,” McCluskey said.

While caring for a critically ill patient whose condition worsened, Abbey continued to communicate with the doctor and other health care staff about the patient. At the same time, she had an admission to her empty room. Both of these events occurred at the end of her shift.

Other co-workers managed the admission, allowing Abbey to provide the care this [earlier] patient needed. “Abbey chose to stay with the critical patient until [the patient] got [further treatment],” McCluskey explained.

“Abbey is a new mom and could easily have chosen to head home to her baby, but she saw her assignment as a priority. She recognized it would have been difficult for the incoming RN to pick up mid-stream. Abbey showed respect for her co-workers, empathy for the new admission who needed care and critical thinking in the decision to provide continuity of care.

“We do what we do because it is a calling. It is nice to see someone put their heart in it.”

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is an international program that honors the compassionate care and clinical excellence nurses bring to their patients every day. The program is now in 4,300 health care facilities across 26 countries.

DCH employees may nominate a nurse for The DAISY Award throughout the year. Click here for the nomination form.