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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Nurses earn Daisy awards for exemplary patient care

INDIANAPOLIS – Two registered nurses at Franciscan St. Francis Health have been praised by patients and peers for going above-and-beyond the call in care-giving.

Pam Buss and Amy Adams were named the February 2012 recipients of the hospital’s DAISY Awards. Buss works in the inpatient tower while Adams works in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, which has since transferred from Beech Grove to the hospital’s Indianapolis campus.

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.

“Pam was very caring and supportive of mom, doing more than what was needed,” wrote the daughter of a patient. “She was very positive by telling mother how well she was doing, which gave my mother much needed encouragement.”

Adams was nominated by a co-worker for an extraordinary act of caring for a patient. Adams, a formal dental assistant, asked to help care for a young leukemia patient who was suffering with gum disease and other issues as a side effect of her cancer treatment.

“What really bothered Amy is that this pretty little patient would cover her mouth whenever she laughed or smiled as she was very self-conscious about her appearance,” stated a coworker. “Amy acquired all of the necessary tools, she worked on the patient’s mouth; instructed the patient on how to care for her mouth; and after several days of work Amy got a smile – but she got more than that. She also could see in the face of this young patient that she had made a difference.”

The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of 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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