Perry Memorial Hospital Surgical Services Department Registered Nurse, Nancy Erickson, is the recipient of the May 2019 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 8th, co-workers, family, and friends gathered to surprise Nancy with the award, including the patient who nominated her. When her name was called, Nancy stared with a look of complete shock and joy.
After the announcement and a surprise entrance of her family, Nancy was presented with her award by Debbie May-Rickard, Vice President of Clinical Services at Perry Memorial Hospital. Nancy then stood humbly and listened as Delinda Leopold, Director of Surgical Services, read the nomination letter from a former patient. Nancy also enjoyed a video from her children and grandchildren congratulating her for a well-deserved recognition.
The award was especially unexpected for Nancy because she is beginning her retirement after 41 years. She graduated from Swedish American Hospital School of Nursing in Rockford, IL in 1977. “I started my career at Perry in July 1977, and it was my first and only job. … I have loved it all!” Now she is excited to spend more time with her grandchildren.
Nancy said, “I have been happy to do the little things that make a difference for patients, to look into their eyes as they tell their stories and their problems. Maybe listening is all I can do, but to help get someone through pain, anxiety, fear, that has been my joy and honor.”
The not-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 alike. The DAISY Award is presented in deep appreciation and admiration of compassionate care. Each quarter, a committee of nurses at Perry chooses the winner from the pool of nominations. A surprise announcement is held in honor of the winner in front of colleagues, physicians, patients and guests.