Michelle Norman, RN, was the September 2016 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses winner at CHI St. Vincent. Norman is a Registered Nurse in ICU at
CHI St. Vincent Infirmary.
Here’s an excerpt from Norman’s nomination letter, which was written by a patient’s grandmother:
“My grandmother was taken care of by her and many more nurses there at St. Vincent. She ended her fight and expired on May 2, 2016. She was more than an excellent nurse, she was a great guide through this process. I too am a nurse, I also work in Critical Care. I found her to be a great example of what nursing embodies. Some examples were that she always explained in a clear manner what she was doing, she answered all of the family’s questions and anticipated our needs. She kept the room tidy and worked efficiently. Honestly, hearing her and watching her work is an inspiration for me to strive and better my own craft. So yes, the dying process is a hard and emotional journey, but with nurses like her, I know that my grandmother received the very best of care.”
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.