Williams-Anton Wins April Daisy Award

Nurse Manager Niki Miner and Devin Williams-Anton

Devin Williams-Anton, RN, is the April 2016 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses winner at CHI St. Vincent. Williams-Anton is a Registered Nurse on the 5-East Neurosurgical ICU unit at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary.

Here’s an excerpt from Williams-Anton’s nomination letter, which was written by a nurse who had a family member as a patient:

My great aunt suffered an aneurysm. The patient care was exemplary. But the care of our family was even more outstanding. This nurse took the time to sit with my great uncle and his children. She explained some of the care options mentioned by the physician.

She answered questions about what a feeding tube would look like, where would a feeding tube be placed, what would Tracheostomy be and how would it work. More important than the knowledge imparted is the time she took to make my family more informed and empowered to make some very special and difficult decisions. Kindness and patience were unparalleled.

When her shift ended, she left behind her personal phone number and asked the family to call if my aunt’s health deteriorated. She wanted to support them through the situation even after working all night long.

My great uncle was very hard of hearing and this nurse took special care to speak so he could understand what she was saying.

After our experience was over, my great uncle stated no one could have cared for us better. There is no better compliment for a registered nurse.

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.