22 MAR 2023

Two New DAISY Winners Bloom

Paul Watson’s new DAISY award confirms his professionalism and compassion.
Paul Watson’s new DAISY award confirms his professionalism and compassion.

The latest crop of DAISY awards were recently presented to nurses at NorthBay Health Medical Center and NorthBay Health VacaValley Hospital. 

Paul Watson, Clinical Nurse II in the 1600 Unit, was tapped by a coworker who experienced his professionalism and compassion first hand. 

“Paul is an AMAZING nurse,” the employee wrote. “He is extremely patient and kind with his patients and coworkers even when no one is around.”

The nominator works as a VMT and has had the opportunity to observe Paul regularly with his patients through the cameras.

“On this particular night,” the nominator wrote, “Paul had a patient staying in 1700 who had dementia and was highly anxious. She was pushing her call light constantly throughout the night and he answered every time in person to check on her. I had to call him throughout the night multiple times as she was starting to get out of bed and pulling on her IV. He continually and reliably answers his phone anytime he is called. Paul looked exhausted but never displayed a change in attitude to his patient and her needs. He redirected her and reassured her of where she was and what was happening.”

The nominator went on to praise Paul for his work demeanor, which exemplifies the DAISY criteria of being compassionate, caring, kind and reliable. 

“He is truly one of the best nurses we have, even though at times he is exhausted. He will always go to his patients and assist with their needs. On those nights when I come to work as a CNA and I am scheduled on the floor, if I see that Paul is one of my nurses I know it will be a good night as he is always willing to help and pitch in with patient care and tasks. NorthBay Health is truly blessed to have Paul as one of their nurses, as he is a great asset to their health care team.”

Janice Ibay, R.N., is one of the latest to join the ranks of NorthBay’s DAISY award winners.Janice Ibay, Clinical Nurse II in Unit 100 at NorthBay Health VacaValley Hospital, was nominated by a patient who was appreciative of Janice’s ability to inspire the patient toward better health. 

“This nurse has truly changed my life,” the patient said. “When I came here, I was lost and broken. I felt like I was on the verge of dying. Janice helped me have more courage and always has a huge smile on her face and would encourage me to stay strong and to keep doing better. She truly has changed my life, and has made me want to continue to strive to be the best I can be. I believe she deserves this award because I honestly believe she genuinely has a heart for her patients.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications from an auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

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