Julie Mudd, R.N., is the most recent recipient of the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. Mudd is a staff nurse from the Medical Surgical Telemetry floor at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital–Audrain. It was her demonstration of the healing power of presence that led to her nomination.
A recent patient nominated Mudd to receive the DAISY Award. In a handwritten note she stated she would never forget the care, concern, and compassion shown by Julie. During her stay at the hospital, she experienced a moment of fear, sadness, and pain and turned to prayer while wishing she could speak with her mother who had passed away over 10 years ago. Julie came into the room at that time to check on the patient. The patient said she was able to open up and talk to Julie about her fears. Julie offered her reassurance in a time of need.
During the DAISY Award presentation, the patient’s daughter was in attendance and noted that the patient who nominated Julie has told the story of her exceptional care on numerous occasions. She claimed that her mother truly felt the healing presence of God during her stay. While she prayed for help and wished to speak with her late mother, she says that God sent a gift in the form of a nurse who shared her mother’s first name, offered her comfort and compassion and even said her name in the same demeanor as her mother used to.
“The nurses at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital–Audrain consistently provide patients with exceptional care. It is wonderful that the appreciation for their hard work can be shown through the DAISY Award,” said Kerri Jenkins, Chief Nursing Officer for SSM Health Mid-Missouri Region. “We are proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program.”
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), an auto-immune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital–Audrain to receive the DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each honoree is registered as part of the national program and receives a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse” as well as a beautiful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. The nurse and his or her unit is also treated to cinnamon rolls, as this was Barnes’ way of saying thank you to the nursing staff caring for him. For more information about the DAISY Award program, please visit www.daisyfoundation.org.