Beebe Healthcare Presents DAISY Award to Extraordinary Nurse Kristy Nessa

Kristy Nessa, RN, smiles with her DAISY Award and Healer’s Touch statue.Nurses at Beebe Healthcare are being honored with The DAISY Award, a part of the DAISY Foundation’s national program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses make every day. Beebe presents the DAISY Award to nurses on a quarterly basis.

Beebe’s April recipient is Kristy Nessa, RN, a nurse at the medical center on the Lewes campus, who was recognized for the compassionate care and comfort she provided to a patient in his final days.

“Kristy took such good care of my grandfather several times during his time at Beebe and was always so caring, kind and compassionate; not only towards my grandfather but also to my grandmother and other family members,” Kristy’s nominator wrote. “From the moment I arrived in his room, Kristy put my mind at ease through her presence and her remarkable care.”

“During the last shift that she took care of him, just before he passed away, she gave all of us hugs and she cried with us. That action and her care speaks volumes about Kristy, not only as a person but as a nurse,” the nominator added. “Kristy, to me, personifies every attribute of a truly exceptional nurse.”

Kristy was presented with a DAISY Award certificate and a hand-carved Healer’s Touch sculpture during a recent surprise 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 Steve Rhone, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. “Nurses are heroes every day. 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 visit www.beebehealthcare.org/forms/daisy-award