Barbara Collins, R.N., a clinical nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), is the recipient of the DAISY Award for March 2018.
She was nominated for this honor by a patient’s grandparent, who wrote:
“When I arrived to visit my grandson, Barbara gave me an update on his progress. She had read him a book, and he was asleep. Minutes later he started to cry uncontrollably. Barbara didn't give him more medications to calm him. Instead, she caressed his hair and talked to him. Her voice was very soothing to him and the more she talked, the calmer he got. It took a little time, but she never got frustrated and kept talking to him until he fell asleep. It seemed like they have a special bond, or that Barbara has the magic touch. She is an angel and I need her to know that my grandson and I appreciate and thank her.”
Barbara’s manager added:
“Barbara joined the NICU in 2015 and has been integral in educating clinical nurses as a Neonatal Resuscitation Program instructor. She has expanded her skills by becoming a member of the congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) cohort and cross-training to the most critical CDH patients. With her professionalism and knowledge, Barbara has become a crucial resource on the night shift. With her kind demeanor, she has been a comforting presence to her tiny patients. We are thrilled that Barbara has won the Daisy Award and proud to call her part of the NICU team.”
Congratulations, Barbara, and thank you for your commitment to patient- and family-centered care.