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DAISY Awards honor Peninsula Regional Medical Center nurses

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Two nurses at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., recently were honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

The award recipient for November was Patrice Aversa, RN, a nurse in the same day surgery department. The nomination, written by a colleague, described how she provided excellent care not just to her patients, but to families as well. When an elderly patient passed away, Aversa, who had been keeping the family apprised of the patient’s progress by phone, talked to them in person.

“Patrice took the husband and son to see their wife and mother, explained to them very caringly what to expect and stayed with them both during this very difficult time,” the nominator wrote.

“The husband and son were extremely grateful for the time and energy that Patrice had taken with them under very sad conditions. She made them feel special and made sure that all their questions and concerns were answered. Patrice went out of her way to make sure that the husband and son were well cared for and made their final visit with their mother/wife a special one that they will remember.”

The DAISY Award recipient for October was Linda Tuthill, RN, CCRN, an ICU nurse. The nomination, written by a family member, described how she provided excellent clinical care, doing so with compassion.

“My sister was in ICU needing around-the-clock monitoring,” the nominator wrote. “We didn’t know if she would make it from one hour to the next. Linda kept us informed of everything and cared for my sister like she was family. I have witnessed a lot of good patient care, but this was above and beyond anything that could be expected. Linda’s professionalism and caring nature really put the family at ease. Aside from making sure she was comfortable and bathed, Linda was very encouraging to my sister. A little kindness goes a long way.”

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