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Radiation oncology nurse Angel Durant has been recognized with a Daisy Award, the second given to a nurse by USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. The Daisy Award honors extraordinary, compassionate, skillful care provided by a nurse. Recipients of this internationally-recognized award are nominated by patients or staff.
In Durant’s case, a patient provided the nomination. “Angel stood out to me in a huge way,” the patient wrote. “She went above and beyond what she had to do just to make me feel comfortable.”
At a ceremony on March 12, Durant was presented with a certificate, a Daisy Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch.”
“Last year, USA Health joined other hospitals and health-care facilities around the world in recognizing nurses who demonstrate teamwork, provide patient-centered care, demonstrate exceptional clinical skills with a focus on quality, model empathy and provide outstanding service,” said MCI Director Dr. Michael A. Finan. “These nurses go above and beyond normal job duties with a commitment to excellence.”
Durant has worked in the Radiation Department, a division of USA Medical Center located at MCI, since December 2015. A native of Biloxi, Miss., she became a nurse in May 1990 after earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Durant has also worked as a nurse in Gulfport, Miss.; Huntsville; Charleston, S.C.; and Columbus, Ga.
The Daisy Award was created by the Daisy Foundation, founded in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. Barnes’ family members were so touched by the nursing care he received that they created the award to honor exceptional nurses.
Radiation oncology nurse Angel Durant poses with her family following the presentation of the Daisy Award on March 12, 2018.
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