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Beebe Healthcare Presents DAISY Award to Extraordinary Nurse Jeff Hudson


Nurse Jeff Hudson


Jeff Hudson, BSN, RN, a nurse on Beebe Healthcare’s Intensive Care Unit, has been honored with this quarter’s DAISY Award. The award is a part of the DAISY Foundation’s national program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses make every day.

Jeff received the DAISY Award because of the care and support he provided the wife of a patient.

The patient required emergency surgery and his wife was scared and alone in the hospital. The wife is also a nurse and knew Jeff from working with him years ago in a previous role.  

“We were on the way up to the OR when we ran into Jeff. I could not be more grateful,” the patient’s wife wrote. “I was at the hospital alone and I was a complete sobbing, hysterical mess. I was living one of my worst possible nightmares, but Jeff made it more bearable.”

“I am a critical care nurse turned pediatrics nurse, but that night I was not a nurse, just a very scared wife,” she added. “Jeff provided me comfort and support so that I wouldn’t feel so scared and alone. He gave me pep talk, a hug, and made sure I ate something.”

“Thanks to Jeff, I was able make it through one of the worst days of my life. I have always admired him as a nurse and now I appreciate him even more. We will never forget how you helped us.”

Jeff was presented with a DAISY Award certificate and a hand-carved Healer’s Touch sculpture during a recent surprise, socially distant ceremony. Each DAISY honoree receives the statue and the certificate, which commends the honoree for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” It reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Beebe Healthcare to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors.

“Beebe is proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program,” said Lynne Voskamp, Vice President and Interim Chief Nursing Officer. “Nurses are on the front lines of patient care every day. Now more than ever, it’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

To nominate a Beebe nurse for the DAISY Award, please fill out a nomination form. For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, visit


Photo caption: Jeff Hudson, BSN, RN, a nurse on the Intensive Care Unit at Beebe Healthcare, is the recipient of this quarter’s DAISY Award.