“Super-human” Nurse is Honored with DAISY Award - VA North Texas Health Care System
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“Super-human” Nurse is Honored with DAISY Award

Janet Graham, RN (middle) wins the first DAISY Award presented at VA North Texas.
Friday, September 21, 2012

Typically when we think of daisies, we think of little flowers with yellow centers and white petals that bloom in summer and can be used for a game of "love me not." In this case, DAISY stands for something, diseases attacking the immune system. That's not a beautiful thought. But the DAISY Award and its recipients are beautiful, each in their own way.

The DAISY Award is reserved for "extraordinary nurses to honor the super-human work they do for patients and families every day." That, and another set of specific criteria was established to choose award recipients.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has core values that make up the acronym ICARE, which stands for:

  • Integrity
  • Commitment
  • Advocacy
  • Respect
  • Excellence

When nurses are nominated for the DAISY Award, the person submitting the nomination must describe how the nurse displays each one of those characteristics in the work he or she performs daily.

Janet Graham, RN, exemplifies those VA core values and more. Janet is a critical care unit and medical intensive care unit (ICU) nurse and has been for more than 25 years. She was nominated for the DAISY Award by one of her fellow nurses. Here is an excerpt from the nomination form:

"Janet's laughter resounds in the halls of the hospital and leaves those who heard it feeling a little better. Once you've heard her laughter, it means she took the time to engage you in a conversation or she asked how you were. If you're visiting, Janet asked about the state of your loved one and if someone is lucky or blessed enough to be under her care, they will receive 110% of her skill, kindness, care and compassion."

That's why Janet is a winner and a role model. In the ICU, it's sometimes stressful and hectic, but Janet always finds the time to go above and beyond her job. The same nurse who nominated her wrote about how she witnessed Janet, on one occasion, run after a Veteran who left without receiving his flu shot. When Janet returned 15 minutes later, she asked her what happened. Janet said, "I caught him outside just before he got on the train. It’s flu season and he needed that shot."

The DAISY Award will be given to nurses at VA North Texas each month. While all of our nurses can't receive the award, they each are winners. There are more than 850 nurses who serve Veterans with the best quality care they deserve.

VA North Texas Health Care System serves more than 111,000 patients each year, delivering over one million outpatient visits to Veterans in 38 North Texas counties and two counties in southern Oklahoma.


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