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November 2018 SBL DAISY Nurse Award Recipient

December 4, 2018 3:10 p.m.

Amanda Waddell, RN, was honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Sarah Bush Lincoln on November 27.

Waddell was nominated after making a big impression on a patient’s family. In her nomination letter, the patient’s daughter expressed her gratitude to Waddell for going above and beyond to provide compassionate care while her mother was in the hospital.

“Amanda took care of my mother on 4 East in late August and most recently on 4 West. She provided amazing care to my mother and was so accommodating not only to her, but also to our entire family.

“Amanda was diligent about relaying all the information from doctors and nurses who cared for my mother overnight so we had the most up-to-date information. She truly cares about her patients and wants them to get better and heal completely. Since my mother was confused from time to time, Amanda was always great to explain everything to her and tell her what she needed to do to get better and go home safely. It is apparent that care and safety is a top priority for Amanda. She is an extremely deserving nurse and the best we have encountered during our mother’s three hospital stays over the past five months!”

Sarah Bush Lincoln has joined more than 2,700 healthcare facilities by becoming a DAISY Award hospital partner. During the award presentation, Waddell 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 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, Jamie Easton, RN, at (217) 238 -6255 or [email protected].

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