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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Franciscan St. Francis Health nurses lauded for going extra mile for their patients

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

Registered nurses Morgan Schafer and Lindsay Epps have been named the December 2012 recipients of the hospital’s DAISY Awards.

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.

Morgan Schafer
Schafer, a nurse in the post-surgical care unit at Franciscan St. Francis-Indianapolis, was nominated for her compassionate caring way with a patient. “Morgan is by far the best nurse I have ever had. She is the most caring and loving nurse I have ever encountered,” wrote the patient. “She has been my life-saver and has made my stay one to remember.”

Epps, an adult intensive care unit nurse at the Indianapolis hospital, was nominated by a co-worker. “Lindsay made a dying wish come true for a patient. Lindsay’s good compassionate heart showed above and beyond what is expected out of a bedside nurse,” wrote the nurse who nominated her. “Her joy to make her patient happy was overwhelming compassion.”

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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