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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Nurses commended for stellar patient, family care

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For Cherie Walls and Bonnie Hicks, nursing is far more than a career. It’s living the Franciscan St. Francis Health mission, providing joyful service, compassionate care and having a respect for life for patients.

The pair of registered nurses was saluted as July’s recipients of the DAISY award, presented by Franciscan St. Francis.

Walls, who works at the hospital’s Mooresville campus in the Emergency Department, was nominated by two different people.

“She stayed with us and held my mother’s hand and prayed with us for over five hours,” said the patient’s son.

Hicks works on the post-surgical unit at Indianapolis. Nominated by a patient, Hicks was commended for her compassion and faith. “She is a light in a dark world and a child of God displaying great wisdom, compassion and grace. This was a divine appointment and I’m so very glad she was my nurse.”

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