Linden nurse, Shawndra Jones, receives award for excellence from Daisy Foundation

FLINT, Michigan — On April 28, 2011, Hurley Medical Center announced its latest DAISY Award winner:  Shawndra Jones, RN, of Linden, who works in the Hurley Burn Unit. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The Daisy Foundation was formed in January, 2000, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The Barnes Family started this award following their son’s skillful and amazingly compassionate care he received from his nurses – even when he was totally sedated. The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses recognizes the super-human work nurses do every day, all over the country, and the world.

Shawndra has been at Hurley nearly six years, and graduated with her nursing degree from Mott Community College. She’s been in the Burn Unit 3 years.  “I am overwhelmed and so honored to receive this DAISY award and am very appreciative. I always try and be as respectful and supportive of our patients as possible, and make their stay as comfortable as possible,” adds Jones.

“We have a variety of patients we take care of, including pediatric and adults, along with bariatric patients. I love Nursing, and it’s a very challenging and gratifying career. Everyone is very close in this unit and we see our Hurley family sometimes more often than our loved ones at home. I really love working at Hurley, and I try and treat everyone the same, with the highest level of clinical care and compassion. I want everyone to have a positive experience, and I really want every patient to be treated the way I’d want to be treated,” says Shawndra.

Each month, a nurse will be selected by members of Hurley Medical Center’s Nursing Professional Practice group to receive The DAISY Award.  At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree will receive a DAISY pin and a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.”  The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.”  The honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

One day while Pat was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a Cinnabon cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit.  With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the Award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.

For interviews, please contact Ilene Cantor, Director, Hurley Communications and Public Relations at 810-262-7164 or [email protected].

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