December 21, 2015

Providence nurse recognized with DAISY Award for work with patients and families

Dee Angela, a coronary care ICU nurse with Providence Hospitals, recently received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The DAISY Award recognizes the special work that nurses do every day. It was established by the DAISY Foundation—an organization working to eliminate diseases that attack the immune system—in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.

Barnes’ parents created the foundation because they had experienced firsthand the skills and compassionate care of many nurses. The award is given quarterly to outstanding nurses in a number of hospitals across the country.

Here are some excerpts from her nomination:

"She advances the profession of nursing in many ways. When she identifies a learning need, she researches evidence-based practice and develops educational sessions to update her unit. She works closely with nursing instructors and students when they are on the unit, providing a welcoming environment that enhances recruitment of new employees. She is committed to excellence in patient care not only in the hospital but care that last long after the patient is discharged. 

She is committed to community and has donated over 3,000 pounds of food to local food banks that include fresh eggs and produce from her own chickens and garden. She uses her construction skills and has donated over 700 hours of time building handicap ramps, constructing affordable housing for the homeless and providing plumbing and roof repairs for the impoverished. She supports battered women and children through monetary donations and has provided sponsorship to many youth members so they could attend spiritual retreats. In addition, she facilitates physician appointments and transportation, prescription assistance, and healthcare education for the elderly in her community.

She doesn't brag about what she does and does not do these things for recognition. She aids others with compassion and a humble heart because of her love for others and spiritual guidance for all that she does. The DAISY award is for nurses that are exceptional. Dee Angela Hanna goes far and above to help others in the hospital and in the community."

Providence Hospitals is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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