Heather Braden, RN was recently awarded Adena Health System’s first-ever DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing, for her care of pediatric patients. A nurse for six years, Braden works at Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe in the Women and Children’s Unit. She was among 11 Adena nurses nominated for the award.
The DAISY Award was created by the family of Patrick Barnes, a 34-year old man whose family was overwhelmed by the level of compassion and care his nurses provided during his 8-week hospitalization for immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), which ultimately took his life. To honor the nurses who cared for Patrick, his family founded DAISY an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, and created the award as a way to thank nurses around the country who go the extra mile. This is the first year Adena has presented the DAISY Award.
Heather was nominated by her manager, Sarah Fallow, RN. “Heather saw that our pediatric patients were struggling with food and what they wanted to eat,” said Fallow. “She worked with Dietary to create a kid-friendly menu that the patients could use to choose any meal. This allowed sick children to eat what sounds good to them. She is frequently mentioned in patient satisfaction surveys as the ‘extra something’ that makes her patients’ stay special.”
Heather has worked at Adena for two years. “I did not expect this at all,” she said. “I have awesome co-workers, awesome managers and definitely couldn’t have done it without them. It’s what I love to do. I love kids. I love nursing and wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Receiving the award won’t change anything for Heather. “I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and providing for my patients, giving them what they need. And if they need anything else, I’m going to push for that too.”