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Monday, March 25, 2013

Franciscan St. Francis Health nurses honored with DAISY awards

INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan St. Francis Health has two nurses whose acts of compassionate care and joyful service has sewn seeds of gratitude among their patients and colleagues.

For Bret Stevens and Mandy Watkins, nursing is far more than a career. It’s a calling that goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Stevens, an emergency department nurse at the Mooresville campus, was nominated by a co-worker for being far more than a great nurse and co-worker.

 “Bret stepped in, took control of the situation and cared for a little girl like a father would,” commented a co-worker.  “He was loving, patient, gentle and kind with her, and it was truly touching to see someone care about a patient so much. You might say he was a little girl’s guardian angel.”

Watkins, a critical care unit nurse at the Indianapolis campus, was nominated by a patient’s family member who wanted to offer her sincere thanks to Mandy.

“I found nurse Mandy to be an extremely competent, thorough, highly-trained, personable and caring individual,” said the patient’s family member, who nominated Watkins. “At age 67, I have never seen such complete care at any prior time in my life. It was as if it was an honor for her to serve my family.”

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is a national program that honors the compassionate care and clinical excellence that our Franciscan St. Francis nurses bring to their patients every day.

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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