Local nurses receive DAISY Award

December 17, 2013

By Staff

Two local nurses received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, presented by The DAISY Foundation and UnitedHealthcare.

Un Jeoung Back, who works at Swedish/Issaquah, and Corri Ford, who works at Swedish Cherry Hill but lives in Issaquah, both received certificates commending them for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.”

Un Jeoung Back

Un Jeoung Back

Corri Ford

Corri Ford

The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.”

Back, also an Issaquah resident, works in the intensive care unit at Swedish/Issaquah. In her nomination form, she was described as caring and compassionate.

She once noticed a life-threatening arrhythmia in a patient, before calling a code team for assistance. As she waited, she began to treat the patient. She had already stabilized the patient before the code team arrived.

The patient recovered and was able to eventually go home.

“Due to her patient-centered care, teamwork and strong leadership ability, she quite possibly saved a life that day,” read the nomination form.

Ford works in the cardiac telemetry unit at Swedish Cherry Hill. She was described as dedicated and exemplary in her nomination form.

One patient was particularly pleased with the care and attention to detail Ford displayed.

“The temperature of the room, the noise level of the adjoining room, my plans for my future care and my progress as a patient were always ready on her mind,” a patient wrote in the nomination form.

The DAISY Foundation’s unique recognition program is part of many hospitals’ recruitment and retention programs, helping to offset the acute shortage of nurses nationwide.

Each month, nurses are selected by their nursing administration and peers to receive the DAISY Award, established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died in 1999 at the age of 33 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.


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