Three Susquehanna Health nurses recently were recognized as recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
Alison Farley, nurse with the Susquehanna Health Home Care and Hospice Nurse Family Partnership, was selected after being nominated by fellow staff member Michele Brague.
Farley is viewed as a true patient-and- family advocate especially when it comes to working with new mothers and babies. On more than one occasion, her persistence in evaluation has led to life-saving treatments that initially were not detected.
The newest Daisy Award winners at Susquehanna Health include, from left, Allison Farley, Judy Kerschner and Jenn Wesneski.
Judy Kerschner, a nurse in the emergency department at Muncy Valley Hospital, was selected after being nominated by coworker Margaret Carpenter.
Kerschner consistently connects with patients and offers comfort to those in need in her department.
The nomination speaks of one particular occasion where she was able to connect immediately with a patient who arrived in severe pain, alone and afraid to be in the ER. The patient later sent a card to the entire emergency department thanking them for their care, but indicated a special thank-you to "Judy K." The patient said she looked forward to seeing Kerschner during a return visit.
Jenn Wesneski, a nurse in the Progressive Care Unit at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, was selected after being nominated by coworker Beth Dibble.
Within the nomination, Dibble praised Wesneski for her ability to deal with all her patients, but highlights one particularly difficult patient with whom Wesneski was not only able to effectively treat but create a lasting bond.
The patient was in her final stages of terminal cancer, scared and angry. Wesneski took the extra time to know the patient, understand her situation and help the patient cope with her diagnosis.
Wesneski also is a preceptor for her floor and frequently is requested by new staff due to her reputation.
A nurse from each Susquehanna Health campus is selected on a quarterly basis. 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.
The DAISY Awards are presented in more than 900 hospitals, both national and internationally. Supported by 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, Calif.
All winners are highlighted on the DAISY Foundation's website.