East Texas Medical Center-Tyler Nursing Director Vickie Robinson, and ETMC-Tyler registered nurse Rebecca Moss each received the DAISY Award for extraordinary nursing care.
“DAISY” stands for Disease Attacking the Immune System.
Robinson was nominated by a woman after helping her understand end-of-life issues for her brother. The physician had recommended hospice care, but the family was unhappy.
“The nurse was compassionate, understanding and helped bring us peace over the fact that our loved one was reaching the end of his life,” said the woman in a news release. “The nurse listened intently, held our hands and explained our brother’s condition.”
Robinson has been with ETMC Tyler for 36 years, and is director over hemodialysis, the family birthplace, wound quality and diabetes.
Moss was nominated by a team member for helping a patient with uncontrolled bleeding, according to an ETMC news release.
The letter stated that, “Rebecca was near the end of working on the night shift when one of her patients turned critical. She found the wound and held pressure to it to stop the bleeding, while managing to get the attention of her co-workers. Rebecca was very calm, and even the physician told the house supervisor he thought the nurse did an excellent job in handling the situation. The patient was taken to surgery, where they found a significant clot.
“All the surgical team expressed their appreciation for how this nurse handled the care of the patient, and not only demonstrated clinical proficiency, but kept her patient calm and the team members focused and proficient.”
Moss has been with ETMC Tyler for two years, and works on 2 North.
“Rebecca’s strong work ethic, to stay and take care of her patient, shows what type of an amazing nurse she is,” said Maria Kulma, vice president of nursing. “She was so gracious when accepting the award and very humble.”
Moss also credited her charge nurse Haidee Cayabyab for encouraging her.
The DAISY Award was created in 1999 by a family in the U.S. after experiencing kindness and compassion from nurses with their loved one who was terminal and in the hospital.
Recipients receive a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a unique hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture from Zimbabwe titled “A Healer’s Touch.”