Raulerson Hospital August 16, 2019

(left) Raulerson Hospital Board of Trustee Member Gary Ritter, CNO Dorothy Watson and CFO Terry Brown (right) congratulate 3rd Quarter DAISY Nursing Award winner Christopher Wong, RN (center).

National award recognizes excellence in nursing care.

Okeechobee, FLChristopher Wong, RN, was named Raulerson Hospital’s 3rd Quarter Diseases Attacking the Immune System Nursing Award honoree.

On August 7th, nurses and staff from various departments across Raulerson Hospital gathered to learn which nurse would be honored with the prestigious DAISY nursing award that was implemented in 2019, when the facility’s new Chief Nursing Officer, Dorothy Watson began.

Watson kicked-off the ceremony by recognizing all 18 of the nurses who were nominated to receive this award. Nominations are submitted by staff, patients and family members. As is the tradition, the previous quarter’s DAISY Nursing Award honoree, Erica Hagan, announced the newest DAISY Award honoree, Christopher Wong, a nurse on the medical / surgical unit at Raulerson Hospital.

Excerpts from Wong’s patients and some of their family members commended him for a variety of qualities, including his professionalism, calm demeanor, empathy and skill at explaining the plan of care. Wong signed the DAISY Award banner, which will proudly be displayed in his department, until the next nurse receives the award in November. He also received a hand crafted ‘healer’s touch’ sculpture designed by Shona artists in Zimbabwe. The DAISY Nursing Award has been able to help artists care for hundreds of their family members in Zimbabwe’s troubled economy as a result of their partnership to craft these unique sculptures that represent the relationship between a patient and care giver.

The DAISY nursing award was established twenty years ago by members of the family of the late Patrick Barnes, to honor the compassion and kindness that his nurses brought to Pat’s bedside during his illness. Today 3,900 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing in all 50 states and 22 other countries have committed to honoring nurses with The DAISY Award.

If you would like to nominate a nurse at Raulerson Hospital for the next DAISY Nursing Award, contact DAISY Award Coordinator Rebecca Duffield at 824-1337.