Epperson Wins March Daisy Award

daisy0316keriepperson2Kari Epperson, BSN RN, was named a March 2016 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses winner at CHI St. Vincent. Epperson is a Registered Nurse on the 5-East Neurosurgery at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary.

Here’s an excerpt from Epperson’s nomination letter, which was written by the patient’s wife:

“My husband was being re-admitted to CHI St. Vincent, this time on 5-East. He was having a bad day and was in a very difficult place – both physically and emotionally. Kari magically appeared as we were coming down the hall. She popped up and said, “I’ll take that patient. He’s mine.” We wanted a nurse with that attitude to be our nurse. This nurse was able to calm my husband by talking with him and manage his pain. She coordinated all the care with his physicians and took care of my husband right before surgery. The day he went to surgery she checked on me. After her shift ended she came down to the waiting room to see how I was doing. She did more for us than we ever expected. I don’t think we could have gotten through this experience without her.”

The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this national award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.

Click here to learn more about the DAISY Award.