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Mar 14, 2014 6:40 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

Twin Cities nurses honored for "extraordinary" patient care

Fifty nurses from Twin Cities Community Hospital have reason to be proud of the jobs they do. The nurses of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Definitive Observation Unit (DOU) have been honored for "extraordinary nursing" for the first quarter of 2014.

The DAISY award is a quarterly, peer-elected award to recognize "the super-human efforts nurses everywhere perform every day." It's part of the international DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation. Director of Twin Cities ICU/DOU Sheila McMillan, RN, CCRN says is a nice honor because it recognizes a quality of care not easily quantified. "Going beyond clinical and medical nursing performance, this award gets at the equally important, yet often under-appreciated, humanistic aspect of nursing-the skill of offering peace and comfort to patients and their families," she says. "A former patient's recent letter to the nursing staff puts it perfectly: 'The best of training goes wanting if you do not have the "heart" to apply it. And you do.'"

The nurses received a DAISY Award certificate, pin, a hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture, entitled "A Healer's Touch," and a large celebratory banner that will hang in the units for three months. Twin Cities Community Hospital CEO Mark Lisa says it shows the decication the nurses show to their jobs and their patients. "This was a result of a consistent record of many individual and collective acts of professionalism in those units, and it is a beautiful reflection of what Twin Cities is all about."

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