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May 4, 2021

Meghan Bonner gets award for compassion as nurse

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Meghan Bonner receives here DAISY Award pin from Fauquier Health Chief Nursing Officer Christine Hart Kress.
Fauquier Health has selected registered nurse Meghan Bonner as its DAISY Team award recipient for the first quarter of 2021.

Ms. Bonner’s award nomination recounted “a special moment that she shared with a patient,” the hospital said in a press release.

“The patient, who struggled with dementia and difficulty of hearing, experienced an episode of confusion and frustration,” the release explains. “The patient became increasingly scared and Meghan knew she had to act quickly to help calm them.

“Meghan comforted the patient, put on an old classic movie and took a seat. As fellow staff members walked by, they witnessed Meghan next to the patient watching the moving, holding their hand. The patient’s whole demeanor changed to a much calmer and happier state.”

Healthcare facilities around the world use the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to recognize extraordinary care and compassion. The award focuses on nurse-led teams of two or more who come together to solve a specific situation by going above and beyond. Patients, families or colleagues may submit nominations.

A committee of nurses at Fauquier Health selects recipients, honored with surprise presentations.

The California-based DAISY Foundation honors the memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses inspired the means of thanking nurses for making profound differences in the lives of their patients and patient families.

“We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program,” Fauquier Health Chief Nursing Officer Christine Hart Kress said. “Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”
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