November 16, 2020

October 2020 DAISY Award

DAISYNeely Ragsdell, RN – F6 – Medical Specialties

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

Neely works in Medical Specialties and was nominated by a two co-workers.  The nomination below reflects how Neely impacted their life in a very special way.

This is long overdue, but I would like to commend and thank RN Neely Ragsdell for the excellent care she has provided to my patients since she started on F6.

Ms. Ragsdell has been an exemplary nurse; she is kind, compassionate and very efficient.  She goes beyond her duties when she spends more time with sicker patients and communicates frequently with patients and families to reassure them and give them comfort.

On one of many occasions one of my patients said that, he was overwhelmed by a metastatic cancer diagnosis and was ready to leave the hospital because he felt frightened and lonely.  Ms. Ragsdell despite being on night shift spent time with the patient explained to him what the plan was and answered his questions, she was a source of comfort to someone in distress and went beyond her “required duties” and provided care and comfort.

I am looking forward to many years of working alongside Ms. Ragsdell and hoping that she continues to provide this excellent care to all my patients.

Ramez Awad

A patient reports Neely to be one of the best, top notch nurses that he’s ever encountered here at UAMS, judging from his multiple hospitalizations on various units.  He had a recent possible diagnosis of cancer and none of his family was here to help him through it.  He said Neely went above and beyond with her compassion and her devotion of time to listen and talk with him about his situation.  He relayed to me that she made a huge difference in his life and his outlook on his prognosis.  In addition to positive patient reports, I’ve witnessed how helpful and supportive she is to her co-workers and other staff.  As in the words of the patient who talked with me about Neely, he said “I can’t say enough good about Neely. Just do yourself a favor and don’t let her get away”.  Please accept this nomination and consider her for the prestigious Daisy Award for her consistency of positive treatment and care toward her patients and also her co-workers.

Sandie Jacobi

Great job, Neely Ragsdell!

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