Andrew McDevitt, RN, was honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Sarah Bush Lincoln on November 21.
McDevitt was nominated for going above and beyond to assist a victim of an accident. His nominator wrote:
“Andrew was on his way home from Charleston when he came upon an accident on Route 16 that had just happened. He could see a car pulled over and a bicycle in the road. There were a few people standing around, but he could also see someone face down in the ditch.
Andrew went to the man to see if he could be of any assistance. After rolling the man over, he took his last breath. Andrew immediately started CPR and continued until Emergency Medical Service staff arrived. Even though this man’s physical injuries were more than he could sustain, Andrew gave him the best chance of survival. He continuously goes above and beyond for all his patients during his shift at Sarah Bush Lincoln and this is truly an example of following the values and going above and beyond to help this individual.”
Sarah Bush Lincoln has joined more than 2,400 healthcare facilities by becoming a DAISY Award hospital partner. During the award presentation, McDevitt received a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a unique, hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, entitled, “A Healer’s Touch.”
The DAISY Award was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.) 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 families.
Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and other employees may nominate a deserving nurse for The Daisy Award and a nurse will be selected by SBL’s DAISY committee every month to received this special honor. Nomination forms are located at www.sarahbush.org and at all SBL clinics and on patient floors. The forms can be submitted to any Sarah Bush Lincoln staff member, or sent via email to [email protected] or mail to Sarah Bush Lincoln, DAISY Nursing Award, 1000 Health Center Drive, Mattoon, IL 61938. For more information, contact SBL DAISY coordinator, Cynthia Edwards, RN, at (217) 238 -3422 or [email protected].