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Jones Memorial Hospital: Megan Bird and OB nurses honored with the Daisy Award

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Congratulations to all these “super-human” nurses!!!

From Jones Memorial, pictured is Jim Helms, CEO celebrates Daisy award honor with Amanda Green, BSN RN, Director of OB and Obstetrical Nursing Team

WELLSVILLE, NY (JANUARY 10, 2024) – Megan Bird, RN, an Emergency Department nurse at Jones Memorial Hospital was recently honored with The Individual DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. 

“She made me feel like I was the most important patient she had. She took the time to explain things, let me know what they were doing and what to expect.,” stated Delores Finamore who has been coming to the hospital for over 18 years with an autoimmune disease. She went on to explain that she often feels like just a number, but Megan changed that. “We need more nurses like this one, she is the best I have ever had. She most definitely went out of her way to make me feel I was important, and my sickness was important for her to figure out.”

Megan Bird, RN received her award and celebrated with Sandra Watkins (left) MSRN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer at Jones and Kelly Foster (right) BSN RN, Director of Emergency & Cardiac Services

Megan was presented with a Daisy Award pin, certificate, and The Healer’s Touch Sculpture. The sculpture represents the bond between nurses and their patients. In addition, Megan received a bouquet of daises. A banner will be displayed in her honor.

The F.C. Clifton Miller Birthing Center Nurses received the Daisy Team Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The Daisy Committee received multiple nominations for the department’s nurses. Several nomination submissions included mention of the team, describing the nurses as dedicated, compassionate, kind, supportive and genuine. Members of the Obstetrical Nursing Team honored by this award included:

Amanda Green BSN RNCierra Dean BSN RNClaire Gardner RNShelly Albney RNKatherine Pratt BSN RNStaci Zeltwanger BSN RN, Jessica Hand RNRebecca Stevens BSN RNSarah Stevens BSN RNKristina Metlak RNEmily Klein RNLeah McCormick RNAlycia Frost BSN RNSara Goins BSN RNKylee Kowalewski BSN RNDeborah Mitchell RNC CLCKelly Rapan BSN RN, Emily Ruggles BSN RNLinda Schery RN 

The Birthing Center received a Daisy Foundation Team Award Plaque that will be displayed on their unit with a framed team photo. The department also received a vase of daisies.

Sandra Watkins, MSRN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer at Jones, led the award presentation, thanking both Megan and the Birthing Center Team for the care they provide their patients.  “I’m sure you’re all thinking ‘I was just doing my job,’ but when nurses are ‘just doing their job’ they have a powerful impact on the patient and on the patient’s family,” she said.

In attendance for the ceremony was James Helms, CEO, members of the Nursing Management Team, Physicians, and fellow nurses and coworkers. The ceremony concluded with the serving of cinnamon rolls, a traditional part of the Daisy Ceremony.

An international organization, the DAISY Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by his family after his death in late 1999 at age 33 from complications of an auto-immune disease. DAISY, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, was a way for the family to thank not only the nurses who cared for Patrick – and by extension his family – but exceptional nurses everywhere. Cinnamon rolls were Pat’s favorite treat.

If you or a family member have ever been a patient, you know firsthand the difference an exceptional nurse can make on that experience. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is part of the DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize the exceptional compassionate care nurses provide patients and families every day.  Nominations can be submitted online using the link at the JMH website (jones.urmc.edu) or by submitting a paper nomination in one of the nominations boxes located throughout Jones Memorial.

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