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April 2020 SBL DAISY Nurse Award Recipient

April 30, 2020 12:44 p.m.

  • Linda Stine, RN

Linda Stine, RN, was honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Sarah Bush Lincoln on April 28.

Stine was nominated after making a big impression on a patient and his family during a recent hospital stay. The patient’s brother shared the following story:

“My brother was hospitalized while battling cancer on the second floor of Sarah Bush Lincoln. His nurse was a woman by the name of Linda Stine. After first meeting her, my brother would not stop telling me how this nurse was the ‘real deal,’ and that she was a lot like our mother. Having an incredible mother, I was skeptical that this nurse compared. Then I finally met this so-called ‘wonder-nurse’ and she was everything my brother had described and more.

Nurse Stine was extremely professional, but equally compassionate. She was firm, but always concerned. She spoke when she needed to speak and listened when she needed to listen. There wasn’t a specific situation or story to describe her, but her consistency was quite on point. Her commitment and dedication exceeded the patient and family’s expectations. As far as my family goes, she was ‘God-appointed’ to do nursing! She is an incredible asset to your healthcare system and all nurses could learn from her. That would make SBL even that much closer to PERFECT!”

Sarah Bush Lincoln has joined more than 2,700 healthcare facilities by becoming a DAISY Award hospital partner. During the award presentation, Stine 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, SBL DAISY interim coordinator, Tracey McCord, RN, at (217) 238-4987 or [email protected].