Lindsey Allen, a registered nurse in Floyd’s Intensive Care Unit, received the DAISY award Thursday for the second quarter of 2018. The award pays tribute to outstanding bedside care provided by nurses.
Allen, who has worked at Floyd since May 2017, was nominated by fellow registered nurse Celeste Weaver.
“On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, we had a patient on comfort care who had served and retired from the Marine Corps,” Weaver wrote in a form nominating Allen. “The nurse was so compassionate and wanted to do something special for him and the family before he was deceased. So, the nurse contacted the recruitment center and a uniformed officer came to honor him and his family for their service. As a member of a family who has served in many branches, I am overwhelmed at the nurse’s dedication to our veterans.”
Allen was touched by the award. Her family surprised her by attending the ceremony held in the hospital cafeteria.
“This is an honor. It’s very close to my heart and I am very grateful,” Allen said. “The family I came in contact with while I cared for the patient, they touched my heart as well. I believe this is something the family and I are going to remember forever.”
DAISY, or diseases attacking the immune system, is an award recognized internationally. It was established by the family of Patrick Barnes after he died from an auto-immune disease while being treated in a Seattle hospital. His family was thankful for the care he received and created the award to thank nurses for the job they do.
Below is the complete list of nominees: