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Laura Bigelow, RN Receives The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses  ~  Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) celebrated National Nurses Week May 6-12. As part of National Nurses week, the DAISY Awardee was announced as part of the DAISY Foundation’s programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The DAISY Award is an international recognition program started in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Pat’s family experienced first-hand the difference his nurses made in his care through clinical excellence and outstanding compassionate care. The family created The DAISY Award to express gratitude to nurses and to enable other patients, families, and staff to thank and honor their special nurses.

Nominations for the DAISY award have been obtained over the last several months by paper, social media campaigns and on-line nominations forms. Nominated and voted on by peers, this year’s award recipient was Laura Bigelow, RN of United Hospice Service. Here is what Laura’s nominator said about her, “she is an exceptional resource nurse, providing the necessary support to staff RN’s ensuring that they are able to give great care to our patients. Some of the assistance that I know of are:

  1. When an RN had to go home ill, which put the Acute unit short staffed, she assisted finding immediate help by asking an RN from a different unit if they could have someone help out until a replacement could be found.
  2. When Acute staff could not find a current cardiology on call schedule, Laura assisted by reaching out to administrative staff to see if one had been sent. She then printed off the schedule for them to have on hand.
  3. Always helping RN’s in their documentation knowledge, providing continuous education to them of how and where to document in patient’s charts so that the information shows up to ensure proper recording and sufficient information for charging. Laura’s assistance to our staff RN’s helps them provide great care and also helps the RN by ensuring they document correctly in case of any investigation.”

Laura is an exceptional nurse and provides excellent care to every patient. She is always looking to help her coworkers succeed by providing continuous education to make her team stronger. She demonstrates compassion, knowledge and dedication on a daily basis that earned her the title of The DAISY Award.

For more information about The DAISY Award or Marlette Regional Hospital, please call 989-635-4000 or visit www.marletteregionalhospital.org.


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