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7 North nurse wins DAISY Award

Spring 2018 DAISY Award Presentation

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital’s Department of Nursing recently honored 7 North nurse Kate Feeley, BSN, RN, with a DAISY Award.  

Feeley was nominated by a fellow 7 North nurse, Maria Lycourgos, BSN, RN, who witnessed Feeley make a special connection with a patient and his wife. In her nomination, Lycourgos writes, “I have the pleasure of working with Kate. She is always willing to lend a helping hand, provides compassionate care and truly goes above and beyond with her patients daily. She had a patient who had been on our floor for over a week. The patient became quite discouraged and depressed after a difficult and lengthy stay. One day he was quite depressed and the only thing he was looking forward to was watching the Red Sox game. Unfortunately, we did not have the MLB channel and he was very distraught about not being able to watch his favorite team on TV. Kate took the time to see if any other channels were airing the game, and even tried to create a temporary Hulu account so her patient could watch the Red Sox. After hearing the news about not being able to watch the game, he appeared more depressed. Kate talked to the MD about letting the patient walk outside, be he refused and was very quiet. Kate had the hutzpah to find the Red Sox game streaming live on YouTube. She had the ingenious idea of having the patient watch the game in our breakroom. The patient and his wife had dinner together while watching the game. Kate went above and beyond to raise his spirts during a lengthy hospital stay.”

Feeley was presented with her DAISY Award by members of nursing leadership, members of the Nursing Professional Recognition and Advancement Committee and her supportive co-workers. Of the honor, she says, “It means so much to me. But this nomination I would like to share with my entire 7N family—because without each and every one of them, we wouldn’t be the floor that we are. We all work together for one main purpose—our patients.”

The DAISY Award, established by the DAISY Foundation, is named in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at the age of 33 from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was inspired by the care that Patrick received and established this unique program to recognize and thank the nurses nationwide who make a profound difference in the lives of their patients and families. 

To learn more about the DAISY Foundation, visit

BWFH DAISY nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinarily compassionate care. They are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community and make a profound difference in the lives of their patients and their family members. Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and employees may nominate a deserving nurse by picking up a nomination form in the first or third floor lobby or by completing a nomination online.

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