Mariellen Molln received Perry’s quarterly Daisy Award, Thursday August 29, 2019 in the Perry Memorial Hospital Park Avenue Cafe surrounded by co-workers, family and friends.
In her youth, Mariellen observed first-hand the importance of a nurse’s care. Her mother had health issues throughout her lifetime and often required hospitalization. She knew from her personal experience she wanted to be a nurse.
After high school, Mariellen began taking prerequisite nursing classes at IVCC and gaining experience at St. Mary’s Hospital in LaSalle through the LPN program. In 1987, Mariellen took the next step towards her dream as she received her nursing degree from IVCC. Her LPN degree qualified her to work at a nursing home while she and her husband, Gary, raised three daughters.
Pediatrics swing shift was Mariellen’s first full time position at Perry. Working swing, her schedule was sporadic and unpredictable, and remaining flexible proved to be challenging while raising a family. Instead, Mariellen continued PRN at Perry while working weekend shifts at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford for eight years as a Registry Nurse. “I learned a lot. Perry was always my home for my nursing career because the care is personal, and I love playing a part in the patient’s recovery,” Mariellen said. During this time, Mariellen would work at times four days a week at Perry. Finally in 1996 she was ready to return to Perry full time and worked a variety of departments, Peds, Med/Surg and finally ICU.
Her nomination came from a former patient. He wrote, “I’m a 38 year old male and have been in and out of hospitals quite a few times over the years. Mariellen has to be the most professional, respectful, yet nicest nurse I have ever had. I greatly appreciate everything she has done for me and the way she treated me and all the time she spent with me until I fully recovered. As far as that goes, the whole ICU staff was great and I really appreciate everything that they all did for me.”
Mariellen added, “After working here the past 32 years, the Family Acute Care and Intensive Care Units teams work closely with each other we have become a nursing family taking care of families, friends and neighbors.” Her nursing family gave her a resounding ovation when Mariellen’s name was called for the award.
The non-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Perry to receive The Daisy Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and guests.