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Dona Fuller, RN wins OMC’s second DAISY Award

Dona Fuller, RN wins OMC’s second DAISY Award

Dona Fuller, a registered nurse (RN) at Ozarks Medical Center (OMC), was awarded the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national recognition program through the DAISY Foundation. OMC recently partnered with the DAISY Foundation and Quintin Adolphson, LPN was the first OMC nurse to receive the award in October 2016.

Fuller’s nomination by Glenna Birk, RN, recognized her for making a meaningful difference in patient care. “We had an elderly gentleman, very ill, needing to be transferred to St. Louis for further evaluation and treatment,” said Birk on her nomination form. “The patient was angry and wanting to leave against medical advice. Dona talked to the patient and discovered that he was worried about his two Yorkies at home and wondered who would care for them if he were away for an extended period of time. Dona told the patient that she would make sure his dogs were taken care of, and a few days later after learning that he wasn’t doing well, ended up moving the dogs to her home to continue taking care of them.”

The DAISY Award was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who wanted to recognize the skillful and compassionate care Patrick received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization. The program is designed to honor the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day.

Now 17 years later, the DAISY Award program is in over 2,300 healthcare facilities in all 50 states and 14 other countries. The strategic impact of the program on nurses and their organizations is deep, affecting nurses’ job satisfaction, retention, teamwork, pride, organizational culture, health work environment and more.

To nominate a nurse at OMC for the DAISY Award, download a form at: http://www.ozarksmedicalcenter.com/documents/DAISY_Nomination-Form.pdf.

Pictured left to right: Kurt Abbey, RN, BSN, MHA, OMC Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer; Dona Fuller, RN, DAISY Award recipient; Denisea Gilliam, RN, BSN, Director of Emergency Services and Hospitalist Program; and Tom Keller, OMC President and CEO.

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