Amanda Halbur, RN, of St. Anthony Regional Hospital was presented with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses earlier this week. Amanda and her surprise guests of family members and staff recognized her at a celebratory reception. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.
Amanda studied nursing at DMACC and joined St. Anthony Regional Hospital in 2008. She obtained her Registered Nurse (RN) license in 2012 and has worked on the Medical-Surgical unit and Home Health/Hospice. She is currently an RN in the Same Day Surgery Department. She and her significant other, Adam, live in Carroll and have two children.
A portion of the nomination submission read:
“Amanda is always going above and beyond in everything she does. In one instance, a patient of hers requested to stay on her services and pay private nursing to continue to have Amanda come. He was recently diagnosed with cancer and has been very ill. Amanda drove to Fort Dodge hospital to visit this patient on her own time and will. She has visited him several times on her days off in Lake City to check in on him. This patient has continued to decline. His community had a benefit for him, and she went to his house and helped him get ready and down the stairs so that he was able to enjoy the people going by his house for his benefit. She is a perfect example of what a nurse should be, she is compassionate, caring, and kind. She puts 100% into everything she does and makes sure that nothing is left undone.”
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, CEO and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at St. Anthony Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”
“A nurse’s calling is more than a job, in Amanda’s case, it’s using personal time to help and visit former patients,” said Scott Ellis, Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Anthony. “It is important to recognize the extraordinary work that the St. Anthony nurses perform in every area. The Daisy Award honors the exceptional care our RNs, LPNs, CRNAs, and ARNPs provide.”
To nominate a St. Anthony Nurse for the Daisy Award, fill out a form at one of the kiosks in the hospital or go to https://www.stanthonyhospital.org/patients-visitors/visitors/daisy-award/
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