30 Oct DAISY Award: Dee Cantlon, RN, Named Extraordinary Nurse
Dee Cantlon, Emergency Services RN, Receives DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing
Chief Nursing Officer Ralph Parker, RN, honored Dolores ‘Dee’ Cantlon, RN, with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® at Olympic Medical Center. The award, created by the DAISY Foundation, recognizes the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care provided to patients and families every day.
Cantlon joined the Olympic Medical Center team in 2011 and currently works as an emergency services nurse. A patient nominated Cantlon for the DAISY award, writing:
“Can I say enough wonderful things about this experience? It was scary. I was scared for my baby. We were coming in with a fever of 104. He wasn’t keeping anything down; he was super mad and boiling hot. Dee was so organized. She came in with the knowledge necessary to do what was right. She eased my worries about everything. I was afraid that my baby had Covid-19, and I had a lot of questions.
“Dee validated my fears and assured me that they would take all the steps to figure out how to best help my baby. The entire team was gentle and caring, even when he was NOT thrilled to see them. Thank you a million times over!”
Olympic Medical nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues. Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate 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.” Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a meaningful, hand-carved sculpture called A Healer’s Touch.
About the DAISY Foundation
The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of an auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. More information can be found at DAISYfoundation.org.