September 30, 2019

October 2019 DAISY Award

DAISY AwardDanielle Reichenberg, RN – F9 – ENT/Orthopedic Surgical Specialties

Please join the Center for Nursing Excellence in congratulating Danielle Reichenberg, RN for being selected as the DAISY Award recipient for the month of October!

Danielle works on F9 – ENT/Orthopedic Surgical Specialties and was nominated by two co-workers.  The nominations below reflects how Danielle impacted their life in a very special way.

Danielle is one of F9’s amazing nurses! First off, you can tell she is very passionate about nursing and the patients on F9. She demonstrates this everyday by the care she gives but, there is one instance that sticks out in my mind as to why she deserves the Daisy award. We had a trach patient recently that drove himself to the hospital to have surgery. He had the keys to his vehicle and the clothes on his back but his phone and other belongings were left in his truck. His stay with us was going to be at least five days long and during that time he needed information that he only had in his vehicle. Since this patient is considered a high acuity patient, leaving the floor with out a nurse is not feasible. Danielle had such empathy for the patient that she got a wheelchair and our trach travel cart (our trach pt’s can not leave the unit with out it) and wheeled the patient from the hospital to parking deck 3 and back. This may not seem like an extraordinary task but the nurse has to take time away from the unit, wheel the patient in the wheel chair, and the travel cart with trach supplies across the entire campus up and down ramps, elevators, indoors and outdoors. If this doesn’t show Danielle’s dedication to her patients, I don’t know what does.

Danielle is one of the most selfless nurses that I have ever worked with. Not only for her patients but also for her friends and co-workers. There are so many stories that I could think of how Danielle has went above and beyond for her patients but there are two incidents recently that deserves to be recognized.
F9 recently had an ENT patient (Mr. B) that had become a “regular” to the unit and we had become very close to. Due to his diagnosis he also became an orthopedic patient that we would see regularly as well. Danielle became close to him as well as his wife and teenage daughter. At times when the patient would become anxious about procedures and things involving his ever complex care, Danielle was able to keep him calm and sooth him unlike any other nurse. As you can imagine it was very sad when we learned of his passing shortly after his last admission.
Shortly after his passing Danielle reached out to his wife to check on her. They all shared a close bond with farming and horseback riding in particular. Danielle invited his wife and daughter out to her house where they rode horses for the day and allowed Mr. B’s family to take their mind off of the sadness of their situation. Danielle went above and beyond the call of duty as a nurse. She encompasses everything it means to be a Daisy award winner.
Recently we had a very difficult patient that drove his truck to UAMS but unfortunately could not drive home. He was very upset because he parked in Parking 3 and was unable to obtain his things before leaving. He also had a new tracheostomy and could not leave the unit unassisted. Danielle pushed him in a wheelchair along with our suction cart from F9 to parking deck 3 so this patient could retrieve his things before leaving. This is just another example of how she goes above and beyond for her patients.”

Great job, Danielle Reichenberg!

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