OTTAWA – An Ottawa nurse with a long career at OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center was honored with the organizations DAISY Award. The program recognizes the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care of nurses at OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center. Dawn Walker of Ottawa is a registered nurse in diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology and has worked for over 24 years at OSF Saint Elizabeth.
“We truly appreciate the compassionate care that RNs perform every day, and the DAISY award is one way to recognize these dedicated individuals,” said Heather Bomstad, vice president, and chief nursing officer for OSF Saint Elizabeth.
Walker’s nominations included, “I’d like to thank Dawn for spending extra time to take the absolute best care of a biopsy patient’s emotional needs last week. Our patient wasn’t concerned about her procedure, but she came in quite upset as she was mourning the loss of her husband. Dawn had the most heartwarming and supportive things to say to the patient, and it was exactly what she needed to hear. I’m certain the comfort she received from Dawn will carry her through difficult days ahead.”
The DAISY award program can be found in over 2,000 healthcare facilities in all 50 states and 14 other countries. OSF HealthCare encourages patients, family members, and fellow staff to recognize caregivers who have provided exceptional care and service by nominating them for an award to honor their dedication.