Shriners Hospital Nurses Honored for Exceptional Service

May 7, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) – Two nurses at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California were honored for their outstanding service and compassionate care as recipients of the 2015 DAISY Award. The awards were presented by Pam Cornwell, Director of Patient Care Services, who described the honorees as skillful, thoughtful and caring nursing professionals.

“It is my privilege to have the opportunity to recognize Shriners nurses for the extraordinary roles they play in the lives of our patients and families,” said Cornwell.

Nurses are nominated by colleagues and families to receive the award. Both of the 2015 DAISY winners work with children receiving overnight care at Shriners Hospital:

  • Britani La Force, R.N., a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), was recognized for her excellent patient care and decision making skills. She was commended by a physician for saving a patient’s life and described as a nurse who “goes over and beyond to give her patients that excellent, compassionate care that flows and glows from her presence.” La Force graduated from California State University, Chico in 2012. In December 2013, she joined Shriners, where her nursing specialties are emergency and critical care.
  • Aida Palma, R.N., a nurse in the medical surgical unit, was nominated by a grateful family who recognized that her keen assessment skills, quick thinking, and communication with doctors saved their son from serious complications. Described as a “Superhero in Scrubs”, Palma listened to the family concerns and took the time to explain what was happening to their child and why. The family nominated Ms. Palma after learning about the DAISY Award from a nurse and family friend.   Palma earned her nursing degree at Perpetual Health College in the Phillipines. She has joined the SHCNC nursing team in March 2006.

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 complex surgical needs. Admission is based on age and diagnosis.   For further information call (916) 453-2000 or go online to www.shrinerschildrens.org.

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

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