PRINCETON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Two nurses at WVU Medicine Princeton Community Hospital (PCH) have been honored for providing outstanding, compassionate care to patients. Taylor Allison, RN, and Courtney Moore, RN, BSN, received The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. This prestigious international award recognizes the care nurses provide every day. Nominations come directly from patients and their families.
Taylor, who works in the critical care unit (CCU), received her award on Oct. 5, and Courtney, a member of the Women’s Center team, was recognized on Nov. 17. PCH administrators surprised both recipients in their respective units with the announcement that they were receiving the award. Administrators presenting the awards include Karen Bowling, President and CEO; Al Boland, Vice President, Operations; Tim Anderson, Vice President, Nursing and CNO; and Heather Poff, Vice President, Human Resources.
The family member nominating Taylor said, “Taylor was one amazing RN. Dad was in CCU for four days. Taylor went above and beyond. She made sure my dad was comfortable, and that I was comfortable. Taylor was one of a kind. I’ll miss him, but knowing he was well taken care of makes it a little easier.”
Courtney was nominated by a patient who had her as a nurse during delivery of both of her sons. About her first delivery and accompanying extended stay in the hospital, the patient says, “Being a new mom, pre-eclamptic and having to deliver early, who wouldn’t be scared? Courtney went above and beyond during my whole labor and delivery process.”
Back for delivery of her second son in October, the patient says, “My once nighttime nurse in 2020, is now my daytime nurse in 2023. I was automatically relieved when I saw her. I was once again so comfortable and at ease due to the suggestions and advice from my nurse, Courtney.”
The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by members of the family of Patrick Barnes. He was 33 years old when he died of complications of the auto-immune disease. The Barnes family wanted to do something positive to honor their son, and they came up with DAISY – an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.
As they discussed what the mission of the DAISY Foundation would be, they kept coming back to the one positive thing they held on to during Pat’s 8-week illness: the extraordinary care and compassion he and the family received from his nurses, day in and day out. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was created to say thank you to the care nurses provide to patients and families every day.
Taylor and Courtney each received a green DAISY gift bag filled with a certificate in a DAISY portfolio, a beautiful hand-carved Healer’s Touch sculpture from Zimbabwe, an honoree pin in the shape of a daisy, a copy of their nomination, and cinnamon rolls to share with their co-workers. Cinnamon rolls were Pat Barnes’ favorite treat and something that he wanted to eat – and share with his nurses – while he was in the hospital. Each recipient also signed a special congratulations banner that was placed in their unit.
Honorees are added to the DAISY Foundation website and are then eligible for numerous professional development, education, and wellness benefits. For additional information visit: https://www.daisyfoundation.org/about-daisy-award.