Holy Spirit Medical Center names Nguyen DAISY Award recipient

A woman and three men stand next to a congratulatory banner. All four are wearing face masks.Holy Spirit Medical Center presented Jaan Nguyen, a cardiovascular unit nurse, with the DAISY Award. Participating in the presentation were, from left, Gloria Santos, vice president and chief nursing officer, Nguyen, Kyle Snyder, senior vice president and chief operating officer, and Dr. Bret DeLone, vice president of medical affairs.

Holy Spirit Medical Center presented the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award to Jaan Nguyen, a cardiovascular unit nurse. The hospital presents the accolade, which recognizes nurses for their skillful, compassionate care and their daily support of patients and families, four times a year.

February 21, 2022Penn State Health News

Nguyen’s nominator recognized him for providing “a calming reassurance” that she believed positively influenced her healing.

“I never once felt neglected or rushed when in need or interacting with him,” the patient wrote. “Every question, every concern, the care I was to receive was clearly explained, and any questions, changes or requests were quickly handled by Jaan.”

A retired nurse, the patient also acknowledged Nguyen’s ability to show compassion while under pressure.

“I know how hard this job is and value and admire when I see the rare combination of great clinical skills and professionalism and empathy, compassion and human touch that you simply cannot teach or learn,” the patient wrote. “It comes from a much deeper place and makes the difference in the lives of patients.”

The DAISY Award was created in memory of Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. The DAISY Foundation was established by his family to keep his spirit alive. Its primary mission is to express gratitude to nurses for the work they do for patients and their families every day.

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