A nurse at Parkwest Medical Center was honored today with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The DAISY Award was established in 1999 by the family of a patient who had received extraordinary care and compassion from his nurses during his final days. One of Parkwest’s DAISY honorees for April is Claudia Fisch, RN.
Claudia works on the cardiothoracic surgical unit, and has been a nurse at Parkwest for almost a year. She was nominated by a patient,
Michele Mott, who was on-hand Tuesday to read the nomination she had written in honor of Claudia.
“Claudia was an angel to our family. My mother was on her floor for 4 days from a punctured lung. Mom came into the hospital very malnourished and weak. She had given up long before she fell and punctured her lung. Claudia was patient, yet firm, with a woman who had given up.
She was the only one who could get mom to take even a few bites of food off of her tray. Claudia was very clear and honest with our family when we needed assistance and advice. Kindness and grace were always in her answers, no matter how hard those answers were to hear. Claudia was the first to notice some paralysis on the second day of mom’s stay. She was diligent in her assessment and proactive in mom’s care until a stroke could be confirmed. She wanted to prevent choking and aspirating before we ever knew that mom’s swallowing had been compromised.
Claudia was proactive in preventing bed sores on my mom. She was diligent that her CNAs check the pads often just to be sure they weren’t rolling up on mom’s tiny frame.
I was with Claudia and my father when she had to speak with dad about a DNR. Mom’s stroke was major, she was 80, she was paralyzed and she only weighed 74 pounds. Claudia explained to my dad, and as he wept she held his hand and waited patiently for his answer. I saw tears in her eyes as she hugged my dad for his sorrow was deep.”
The DAISY Committee presented Claudia with a pin, a certificate, daisies, The Healer’s Touch sculpture, and cinnamon rolls for her entire department to share. Congratulations to Claudia! We appreciate her passion for nursing, and her commitment to always putting her patients first!