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First Whidbey General DAISY Award Given

Curtis Shumate, RN, was returning to Whidbey General for what he thought was a meeting about preventing infections. He had worked a 12-hour shift the night before and had grabbed a quick nap at home. He’ll never forget the surprise that was waiting for him.
First Whidbey General DAISY Award Given

Curtis Shumate, RN, won Whidbey General's first DAISY Award.

As Shumate walked onto the Medical/Surgical unit on May 9, he was stunned to see a crowd waiting for him that included nurses, managers, housekeepers, diagnostic imaging techs, the hospital CEO, and his wife and daughter.

Rather than attending an infection prevention meeting, Shumate had been called in to receive the first-ever Whidbey General DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. He had been nominated by a fellow nurse who had seen him take particularly compassionate care of a patient.

The DAISY Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who passed away from an autoimmune disorder at age 33. Inspired by the skilled, compassionate care Patrick received from his nurses, the foundation honors extraordinary nurses everywhere through the DAISY Award.

Daisy Award LogoShumate’s nomination was selected by the Whidbey General DAISY Committee as the best example of compassion, patient-centered care, dedication, teamwork, leadership, and respect. “He could see in the face of this woman that she was frightened,” wrote the nurse who nominated Shumate. “So he went over to her, took her hand and began directly communicating with her. He explained what was going on and why. At the end of the event, he asked if she would like for him to stay with her for a while, which of course she did. So he then pulled up a chair, held her hand and sat with her for a time in her room.”

Following the initial surprise, Shumate and his family attended a Celebrating Nurses Reception, where hospital commissioner Grethe Cammermeyer, RN, PhD, gave a moving speech about the influence nursing has had on her life, and the power one life can have through nursing.


Nominate a Nurse

Whidbey General will bestow the DAISY Award every six months. All registered nurses and licensed practical nurses are eligible.

We are accepting nominations for the next DAISY Award now through Oct. 1, 2014. Forms are available in all hospital departments or online here.


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First Whidbey General DAISY Award Given

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