Feb. 22, 2017 – West Bend, WI – Cathy Jahnke of Slinger, RN in the Intensive Care Unit, has been recognized with Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin St. Joseph’s Hospital’s second quarter DAISY Award for her patient care and professionalism.
“Cathy was amazing!” said the award nominator. “She demonstrated highly skilled nursing care, but was exceptional in her knowledge of labs, meds and procedures. Cathy explained everything to us. She was also so kind, caring and attentive to our every need. In the rather tense setting of this department she gave us every confidence that he was receiving the best of care. The nurses don’t get enough recognition. Cathy truly deserves this award.”
The DAISY Foundation, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, recognizes nurses as unsung heroes of our society who deserve more recognition and honor than they receive. More than 1,900 hospitals throughout the United States participate in The DAISY Award program.
The DAISY Foundation provides each recipient with a sculpture, “A Healer’s Touch,” which is hand-carved for the foundation by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. The sculpture is made of Serpentine stone that comes from the mountains “where the most powerful shaman” live in Zimbabwe. The foundation chose this design not only because it depicts the relationship nurses have with their patients, but also because the Shona people hold their healers in a position of great importance to the community and feel about their healers the way The DAISY Foundation and St. Joseph’s Hospital feel about nurses.
At St. Joseph’s Hospital, Cathy was honored at a recent ceremony at which she received a certificate, pin and the sculpture. Unit staff were also treated to Cinnabons in accordance with the DAISY tradition.