Shriners Hospital Nurse Honored for Exceptional Service as 2016 DAISY Award Winner

Judi Weinstein-Ruben, R.N., was honored for her outstanding service and the compassionate care she provides patients and families at Shriners Hospitals for Children as the recipient of the 2016 DAISY Award. The award was presented as part of the annual Nurses Week celebration by Pam Cornwell, Director of Patient Care Services at the Northern California Shriners Hospital.

“The Daisy Award recognizes nurses who stand out in the crowd, who go over and above their day-to-day responsibilities,” said Cornwell. “Judi Weinstein is one such nurse. She has an intense interest in both practicing the art of and influencing the practice of nursing,” Cornwell added.

Weinstein-Ruben is described by her colleagues as a nurse of many talents who willingly goes the extra mile to ensure patients are served in a timely manner. She is diligent, detail-oriented and quick to respond.

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“Judi is able to care for critical patients in the ICU, skillfully recover patients in the PACU and join the surgical team as both a scrub nurse and a circulating nurse. In addition, she is a patient and family advocate who puts families at ease during stressful situations” said Cornwell, who shared a note from a grateful mother:

 “Nurse Judy in RR (recovery room) was wonderful. She answered all my questions made me feel comfortable and at ease. We even shared some laughs. I was worried for my son, but Judi helped me. . . Her kind spirit has made me strong.”

“I’ve always loved taking care of people,” said Weinstein-Ruben, who joined Shriners Hospital as an ICU nurse 11 years ago and transitioned to work in the operating room and PACU (post anesthesia care unit). A 20-year veteran of the nursing profession, she says the most rewarding part of her job is the positive feedback she receives from patients and families.

But her dedication to the profession does not end there. Weinstein-Ruben works with her colleagues to promote best practices in nursing as a member of the hospital’s Nursing Practice Council and the Patient and Family Education Committee.  She authored guidelines for families on pre-operative and post-operative patient management and used evidence-based practice to develop a reference card for nurses to use when administering fluids. She is working with her colleagues on a number of other projects including communication, patient flow, pain control, medication and staff education.

“Judi’s service and dedication is an inspiration,” said Cornwell.

About the DAISY Award
DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.  It is the name of a foundation established by a family in memory of their son, Patrick Barnes, who died of an immune system disease.  The DAISY Award was established to recognize the compassionate care Patrick received during his illness. More than 500 health care organizations are committed to honoring their nurses with the DAISY Award, which is presented in collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and supported by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANNCC) Magnet Recognition Program.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research.  Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.   Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000.

Media Contact:  Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 | ccurran@shrinenet.org

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