Lis Palomba, RN, charge nurse in the Intensive Care and Medical Surgical Care Unit at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, has been named winner of this year’s DAISY Award. The recognition is part of a national program honoring nurses for their clinical skills and compassionate caring for patients and their families.
The award was presented by Jill McWilliams, chief nursing officer at SNMH, at a luncheon held on National Nurses Day.
Palomba, a 10-year employee at the hospital, was selected from 18 nominees put forth by her nursing peers, patients, doctors and other SNMH staff members. A committee of nursing leaders made the selection based on the hospital’s own values of dignity, collaboration, justice, stewardship and excellence,along with criteria of The DAISY Foundation.
McWilliams said Palomba, “consistently exceeds all the criteria and is a true nursing professional. She is recognized for her focus on patient and family centered care, and her ability to make decisions based on scientific evidence.”
The award is an outgrowth of the California-based DAISY Foundation, established in 1999 to recognize outstanding nurses across the nation. The name stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, an acronym created by the family of Patrick Barnes, who survived two bouts of Hodgkin’s disease before succumbing to an autoimmune disease known as idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura.
The family was grateful to the nurses who “truly helped us through the darkest hours of our lives, with soft voices of hope and strong loving hugs that to this day, we still feel.”
“The DAISY Award is significant for nursing because it helps raise public awareness both within the hospital as well as in the community about the many talented nurses who share their gift of nursing with patients and their families on a regular basis,” said McWilliams.
“Patients place their trust in our nurses to care for them and to be their advocate. The DAISY Award is presented on National Nurses Day to recognize a group of devoted individuals who have committed their lives to caring for others,” she added.
Palomba is the fourth-year winner at SNMH. The others were Lauren Clark (2012), Judy Crouch and Wendy Newsom (2011), and Mary Sutter and Peggy Place (2010).
Nominees for the 2013 award included: Kim Cubic, Star David, MaryAnn Deme, Tiffany French, Karen Hite, Litza Henry, Heather Huston, Babs Kingsley, Katheryn Kray, Susie Mautz, Debra Martin, Sarah Russell, Wendy Standstedt, Lauren Swinney, Cindy VanHecke, Julie Villa and Debbie Wilson.
According to The DAISY Foundation, more than 1,000 healthcare facilities in the United States and other countries participate in selecting nurses for the annual DAISY award. more than 20,000 nurses have been recognized out of more than 120,000 nominees.
“The SNMH DAISY Award honors not only great clinical skill and leadership, but especially strong patient care and compassion,” McWilliams said.
All physicians providing care for patients at SNMH are members of the medical staff and are independent practitioners, not employees of the hospital.