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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

St. Francis Health nurses recognized for extraordinary patient care

INDIANAPOLIS – Nurses bring many qualities when providing care to their patients and families. When medicine no longer works, sometimes all it takes is a compassionate heart.

Or a song.

Amanda Strain and Lisa Collins are the latest recipients of the hospital’s DAISY Awards, presented to registered nurses by Franciscan St. Francis Health.

Strain, who works at the hospital’s Indianapolis campus on the adult intensive care unit, was nominated by a patient’s daughter.

“Amanda became acquainted with my mom’s personality, sang opera to her, placed a Bible verse on her room shelf and inquired about her well-being many times,” wrote the patient’s daughter. “During Amanda’s service, my mom always improved.”

Collins works in the adult inpatient unit at Indianapolis. The patient and patient’s family cited her for her compassionate, caring service.

“I will never forget the love and care she has for her patients,” wrote the patient who nominated her for the award. “She is great, not only as a nurse but she becomes a friend, and she made my stay at the hospital as pleasant as she could.”

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