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July 8, 2011 > Extraordinary Nurses Recognized

Extraordinary Nurses Recognized

Submitted By Joy Alexiou

Nurses at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center have been honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award, presented in collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives, is part of The DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. On Thursday, June 30th, the first awards went to three recipients:

Kristine McStay, RN, Rehabilitation Center
Kristine, with a previous BS in Psychology, has a BS degree in nursing. She has been with SCVMC about a year working on the Spinal Cord Injury Unit. Kristine was nominated by three patients. One of them stated, "She's very informative and is so calm and sweet when teaching us something new. She explains everything before she does it. She sure is gentle when performing (treatments). She comes to check on us often and answers any questions we have."

Hong Mai Nguyen, RN, Rehabilitation Center
Mai has a BA in Nursing has been working at SCVMC since 2007, and as a RN in rehabilitation since 2009. The overall comments made about Hong by her patients are reflected in the following. "Mai does a phenomenal job of taking care of her patients. She is thorough, highly skilled and patiently shares her knowledge to educate her patients. A true shining STAR!!!"

Barbara West, RN, Surgery Inpatient Unit
Has almost 20 years as a surgical nurse, having received her AA in Nursing. Barbara was nominated by a co-worker for her alertness in noticing symptoms of a patient whose condition was deteriorating and getting quick treatment him. Barbara's manager said, "... she puts her heart and soul into nursing; we get a lot of patient compliments about her care."

"We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in The DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day. Given the current economic climate with more patients seeking care at SCVMC, The DAISY Award could not be launched at a better time," said Chief Nursing Officer, Trudy Johnson. "It's important that our nurses know their work is highly valued and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that."

Patients who wish to acknowledge their nurses may write to the DAISY award program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center by emailing Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is among the over 670 hospitals committed to The DAISY Award program. For a complete listing of hospitals currently running the program, please go to

Each quarter, three new nurses will be selected by SCVMC nursing administration to receive The DAISY Award. For each honoree, a presentation is made with the nurse's colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors in attendance and a certificate is presented that reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people."

The DAISY Award is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation whose overall goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and provides assistance to ITP support groups. Contact information for Bonnie Barnes: (707) 996-7936 or cell: (707) 481-1600 or at The Daisy Foundation can be found at

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