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MOBILE, Ala. – Surgical Intensive Care Unit Nurse Kanetha Jackson is one of USA Medical Center’s shining examples of above-and-beyond patient care. Jackson has been named a DAISY Award Honoree, a recognition designed to honor nurses who make it their absolute duty to provide careful, respectful, quality care to every patient they encounter.
USA’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) is a Level 1 trauma center, the only one of its kind on the central Gulf Coast and in the region. These centers provide the most specialized care through a highly systematic response to trauma patients that greatly improves a patient’s survival. Care and responsibility are traits vital to this process, a process Jackson has taken to heart.
Praise for Jackson has been effusive, with numerous patient family members offering kind words about her: “I felt like Kanetha treated my son as if he were her own,” one mom said. Another patient had this to say: “Kanetha is definitely on top of the game. You can tell she loves her job and taking care of people. Kanetha absolutely deserves the DAISY Award. She has been a blessing to our whole family.”
To be nominated for a DAISY award at USA System, a nurse must exhibit two of the following criteria consistently: demonstrate teamwork and collaboration to provide the best care for patients; provide compassionate, patient-centered care; provide exceptional clinical skills with a focus on quality; model empathy and show respect and a caring attitude in all situations; and provide outstanding service -- going above and beyond normal job duties with a commitment to excellence.
The DAISY Foundation was formed in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of an autoimmune disease at the age of 33. From the foundation’s website:
“Patrick received extraordinary care from his nurses, and his family felt compelled to express their profound gratitude for the compassion and skill nurses bring to patients and families every day.” The Foundation has more than 2,700 healthcare facilities in all 50 states, as well as 16 other countries, who have committed to honoring their nurses with the DAISY award.
To learn more about the DAISY Foundation, please visit www.daisyfoundation.org.
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