Susquehanna Health has adopted the internationally recognized program DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
Quarterly, the health care organization will select a nurse from each of its campuses - Divine Providence Hospital, Muncy Valley Hospital and Williamsport Regional Medical Center - to be recognized with the award. In early April, the first round of winners were announced.
Wanda Krzywosinski, a licensed practical nurse with inpatient behavioral health at Divine Providence Hospital, was nominated by her manager, Karen Kling.
"Patients love being cared for by Wanda," Kling wrote. "She makes patients feel accepted no matter what their diagnosis or situation is."
Stephanie Mostowy, registered nurse at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, was selected after being nominated by a patient's family member.
In the nomination letter, the individual wrote, "I knew you were the person I needed to get us through this ... You are the professional who works with the whole patient and manages their whole hospital stay."
April Smith, a registered nurse at Muncy Valley Hospital, was nominated by both a patient's family as well as her co-worker and fellow registered nurse, Connie Coyner.
Smith cared for a man during the last days of his life and a letter written by his family expresses their sincere gratitude for her professionalism and compassion extended when he passed. It states, "I was blessed to have her in the room with me the very minute he took his last breath. She comforted me, not with words but merely with her presence and understanding ways."
The DAISY Awards are presented internationally in more than 900 hospitals. Supported by both AONE and The American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program, the DAISY award program is part of the not-for-profit DAISY Foundation based in Glen Ellen, CA. All winners will be highlighted on the DAISY Foundation's website.
Anyone may nominate a nurse for a DAISY award - a coworker, patient, patient's family or physician.
Nomination forms are available at nursing stations and at SusquehannaHealth.org.