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. Parkwest’s DAISY honoree for June is Janelle Witcher, RN.
Janelle works as a floating nurse within Covenant Health, providing staffing to each of our nine member hospitals. She was nominated by a patient whom she cared for while working at Parkwest, Donna Frangipani.
Here’s what Donna had to say about Janelle, “When I got to my room I was instantly greeted by a very “Happy and Kind” nurse, Janelle. She went above and beyond to make sure that I was comfortable and had the best bedside manner of any nurse I have ever come across. I must tell you that you have an incredible young lady on your nursing staff. I was very scared and nervous because I wasn’t able to breathe, but Janelle was very empathetic, caring, and all around wonderful!
When my heart rate would go up, she was in my room in a flash telling me to breathe in and out, and just made everything so much better. She went into detail about what medications she was giving to me and what they did for me. She always came in to see if I needed anything and was cheerful all of the time. I cannot put into words how much Janelle means to me, and my daughter, Amber. Janelle made her feel so loved and special, and she had an instant bond with her. To make me feel special, and my child too, shows what a beautiful, kind and compassionate soul Janelle is. This world and hospital is blessed beyond measure to have her! And Amber and I are abundantly blessed to call her our friend. We love you, Janelle! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Donna and her daughter Amber were on-hand to surprise Janelle during her brief award ceremony today at Parkwest.
The DAISY Committee presented Janelle with a pin, a certificate, daisies, The Healer’s Touch sculpture, and cinnamon rolls for her entire department to share. Congratulations to Janelle! We appreciate her passion for nursing, and her commitment to always putting her patients first!