Finger Lakes Health honored Kimberly Nicandri, LPN, from Lifecare who is currently working on the Step-down Unit at Geneva General Hospital, with “The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses®.”
A grateful husband of a patient nominated her for the Daisy Award. “Kim is like a guardian angel in my opinion. Sometimes nurses can be stressed out or under a lot of pressure due to there being a lot of work in hospitals and patients, but Kim showed me nothing but extreme kindness. She also went out of her way to make my wife, who is sick, feel better. She was always upbeat and positive. My wife and I have been in the hospital for almost a week and have met quite a few different nurses and doctors. She embodies what a “good” nurse should be. She is phenomenal at her job and any patients that meet Kim will be extremely lucky in my opinion. My wife has pneumonia and is very weak and lethargic. She does not like to move much or eat much. Kim has been like a caring mother in how she cares for my wife. She helped her get herself clean, by helping her take a bath. Kim is a blessing to this hospital and any patients she comes in to contact with. I wish there were more nurses like Kim. She answers any questions we may have and offers to help with just about anything. Even though she always has a mask on, we can tell she is smiling while helping my wife. I honestly feel that Kim helping and being around my wife at all is helping her feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally. Thank you Kim for everything you have done,” said a grateful husband.
Established by The DAISY Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family, this award recognizes nurses who have had a profound impact in the lives of their patients and patient families. Patrick died at age 33 in 1999 from complications from 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 received from the nurses at his bedside inspired this award.
If you have received extraordinary care by a nurse, or are a family member of someone who has been treated with great care, and would like to nominate her or him please visit:
Nomination boxes are also located throughout Geneva General Hospital and Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital.
Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as 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.” Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. At each DAISY Award celebration, delicious cinnamon rolls are served, as this was Patrick’s favorite treat and one of the few foods he could eat.
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