Lindsey O’Dell, RN, with the Emergency Department at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital – Mount Vernon, was surprised recently with the prestigious DAISY Award for extraordinary nursing.

The DAISY celebration for O’Dell included a presentation by the DAISY cheering team of a special sculpture, a certificate, a banner which is housed in the Emergency Department to indicate a DAISY recipient works on the unit, and cinnamon rolls. Cinnamon rolls are part of the traditional celebration because it was the only food which J. Patrick Barnes would eat when hospitalized.

Locally, the DAISY Award is sponsored by SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation. The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33; the care Patrick 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 patient families. DAISY stands for diseases attacking the immune system.

O’Dell was nominated for the DAISY Award by a co-worker. The co-worker shared this story:

“I work in registration at Good Samaritan in Mount Vernon. Recently, I was working in the Emergency Department where Lindsey O’Dell was working that day as an RN and had a young patient that she was working with. She had to start an IV on the young child and the child was very anxious about the procedure. Lindsey told the patient that she would not do anything without letting them know what was happening first. The young patient kept asking Lindsey if she was going to do it yet and Lindsey very patiently reminded the child each time that she would tell them when she was going to start the procedure. The child was so relaxed and comfortable with the procedure that they did not even make a sound when the needle was in. In the end, the child was more interested in what was happening than the pain connected with inserting the needle.”

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“When I went to register the patient, they had to show me their dolly. The child was so proud of the dolly because the doll had also been brave. I looked at the doll and laughed – the doll had a IV on its arm, too.”

“I feel that Lindsey is a very awesome nurse and person. She took the extra time and went the extra mile to make this young patient’s experience with Good Samaritan Hospital a good one. This will affect the patient for the rest of their life and it will also affect all of their future hospital experiences. Lindsey is an example of an extraordinary and caring nurse.”

Learn more about the DAISY Award at www.daisyfoundation.org/. Anyone can nominate an SSM Health extraordinary nurse; nomination information and forms are located in the hospital’s cafeteria.

— The Southern

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