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Friday, March 30, 2012

Franciscan St. Francis Health nurses honored for making a difference

INDIANAPOLIS – Making an enormous difference in the lives of patients with the super-human work they do every day, two registered nurses at Franciscan St. Francis Health have been recognized by patients for extraordinary care giving.

Registered nurses Rita Osborne and Dawn Foster, both who work at the hospital’s Indianapolis campus, have been named the March recipients of the hospital’s DAISY Awards.

Osbone, a pediatric nurse, was nominated for her experience and warmth when dealing with her patient.

“Rita treated my daughter like she was the most important thing in the world,” explained the mother. “She put her at ease by being warm and explaining what was going. It was much easier to calm her down compared to previous experiences elsewhere.”

Foster, bone marrow transplant specialist, was nominated by a patient’s family member.

“Dawn was assertive with dad while still being polite and caring. She didn’t take no for an answer and pushed him to do what he needed to do,” wrote this patient’s child. “I wish dad would have had Dawn a week earlier.”

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is a national program that honors the compassionate care and clinical excellence. Franciscan St. Francis localized the program in 2010 to recognize its nurses for their achievements.

The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 an auto-immune disease. His family was so impressed by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for him that they created this national award to say “thank you” to nurses everywhere. For more information, go to

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