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Emergency Department nurse receives DAISY Award

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital’s Department of Nursing recently honored the Emergency Department’s Sean Ford, BSN, RN, with a DAISY Award.

Ford was nominated his colleague, Alison Carr, BSN, RN, CEN. In her nomination letter, she wrote:

Sean played a crucial role in taking care of a 2-year-old pediatric cardiac arrest that presented to the Emergency Department recently. Following the tragedy, Sean stayed past his overnight shift to comfort the family to the best of his ability. After the event, the mother of the patient requested to speak with Sean personally (she had requested him by name) to thank him for his hard work, dedication and amount of care he put into the case. The family had just suffered a major tragedy and still wanted to take the time to express their gratitude for all of the efforts that were taken in attempt to save their child. Through one of their darkest times, Sean (as well as other nurses on the team) was able to make the family of the patient feel like every life-saving measure was taken in attempt save their child. It is extremely difficult, but it is part of our job as nurses to set our emotions aside and attempt to save a life. The emotional impact of a tragic loss not only affects the family but affects the care team as well. Sean has continuously displayed his ability to provide excellent care and emotional empathy for his patients and their families while remaining professional, even if it has been emotionally taxing on him and the team. Sean is an incredibly strong nurse that has time and time again shown his strength and outstanding nursing ability through even the most difficult and tragic of cases.

Ford was presented with his DAISY Awards by members of nursing leadership, the Nursing Professional Recognition and Advancement Committee and his supportive co-workers. 

He says it is an honor to be a DAISY Award recipient. “It is a powerful reminder to us nurses that the exceptional care we give day in and day out does not go unnoticed,” he says.

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, click here.

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 completing a nomination online.

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