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Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Recognizes Extraordinary Nurses

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sentaraWOODBRIDGE, VA – Nurses at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center (SNVMC) are now being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the amazing work that nurses do every day.

The first award recipient at SNVMC is Bridget Rasmussen-Trotman, a licensed practical nurse (LPN) of the surgical services, preoperative area, who truly embodies the characteristics of an Extraordinary Nurse. As her colleagues attest, “Bridget always goes above and beyond the expected – she treats every one of her patients and coworkers with compassion, love, respect and dignity … She is a true example of Florence Nightingale; she is an example of what Sentara nurses should be.” Bridget received multiple nominations, demonstrating the extent of the positive impact she has on patients, patient families and colleagues.

The DAISY Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who passed away at a young age as a result of complications from an auto-immune disease. The compassionate care that Patrick received throughout his illness was the inspiration for this award, offering a means to thank nurses for the profound impact they have on the lives of their patients and patient families.

Every other month, a nurse will be selected by the SNVMC DAISY Award Committee, comprised of nursing leaders and patient advocates, to receive The DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the hospital’s leadership and the nurse’s colleagues, the honoree will receive a certificate commending him or her for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads, “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” The honoree will also be given a beautiful and symbolic sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

The DAISY Foundation chose this design because it so sensitively depicts the unique relationship nurses have with their patients but also because the Shona people hold their healers in a position of great importance. SNVMC and the DAISY Foundation have collaborated on this award because of a shared admiration and appreciation for the work that nurses do.

“At SNVMC, we are thrilled to be able to honor our first Extraordinary Nurse with this special award, and we look forward to recognizing additional members of our nursing staff in the future,” stated Nancy Keithley, clinical manager of the surgical nursing unit and member of the SNVMC DAISY Award Committee.

The DAISY Award also recognizes the value of teamwork in patient care, a core commitment at SNVMC. As part of the award, CinnabonÒ cinnamon rolls are served for all nurses in the Award recipient’s unit. This extra treat is part of a tradition that began with Patrick Barnes. One day while Patrick was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a CinnabonÒ cinnamon roll, one of his favorite treats, plus enough for all nurses in his unit. The DAISY Foundation has continued this tradition with the support of CinnabonÒ parent company, FOCUS Brands.

President and Co-Founder of the DAISY Foundation Bonnie Barnes said, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at SNVMC are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

For more information on SNVMC, visit www.sentara.com/NorthernVirginia or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SentaraNorthernVirginia.

For a complete listing of hospitals currently participating in The DAISY Award program and other DAISY Foundation initiatives, please visit www.DAISYfoundation.org.

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