West Bend, Wis. — Stephanie Salentine, Med/Surg RN, has been recognized with the St. Joseph’s Hospital first quarter DAISY Award for her care and comfort.
“Stephanie was my night RN for three nights after an emergent colostomy surgery,” said her nominator. “She managed my pain, rest and all meds to the highest level of my comfort. Waking one night with the bag detached she cleaned me, the room and kept me calm and able to focus to handle the issue. The trouble was resolved and then I was comfortable, hair washed and offered essential oils to smell to assist with sleep. It is hard to express my gratitude to her for her five star care every moment.”
The DAISY Foundation, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, recognizes nurses as unsung heroes of our society who deserve more recognition and honor than they receive. More than 1,900 hospitals throughout the United States participate in The DAISY Award program.
The DAISY Foundation provides each recipient with a sculpture, “A Healer’s Touch,” which is hand-carved for the foundation by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. The sculpture is made of Serpentine stone that comes from the mountains “where the most powerful shaman” live in Zimbabwe. The foundation chose this design not only because it depicts the relationship nurses have with their patients, but also because the Shona people hold their healers in a position of great importance to the community and feel about their healers the way The DAISY Foundation and St. Joseph’s Hospital feel about nurses.
At St. Joseph’s Hospital, Janelle was honored at a recent ceremony at which she received a certificate, pin and the sculpture.