November 12, 2018
Andes Receives WNH DAISY Award
Hospital Joins Nurse Recognition Program
Beginning in 2018, nurses at William Newton Hospital are being honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ®. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.
The first annual DAISY Award recipient at William Newton Hospital is Shauna Andes, RN. Also nominated this year were nurses Debbie Marrs, RN, Nicole Gray, RN, and Tiffany Duncan, BSN, RN.
Andes has been in healthcare for about 12 years, starting out as a certified nursing assistant, then graduating as a registered nurse in 2012. She has been with William Newton Hospital for three years. Her experience spans medical/surgical care (med/surg), skilled nursing, emergency care, intensive care, and obstetrical care.
She says her current post, med/surg, is her favorite because of “the opportunities to get to know patients and their families while always learning something new.”
Andes and her husband Adam have three boys: Carson, 11, Conner, five, and Cameron, 16 months.
“I am so honored to be nominated for and to have received a DAISY Award; thank you for this opportunity,” Andes said.
The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. The award recipient is chosen by a committee at William Newton Hospital.
Andes was jointly nominated by patient Delbert Kemp and his daughter Dena Artherton. The nomination states, “There is no way to describe the nurse that Shauna is! She does so much above and beyond her actual duties of nursing.”
An award celebration was held for Andes on November 12 and was attended by colleagues, patients, and family. Andes received a certificate along with a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. The honoree and each of the nominees receives a DAISY pin.
Chief Nursing Officer Tina Wheeler said, “WNH is proud to be among the healthcare organizations participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”
Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, president and co-founder of The DAISY Foundation, said, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these caregivers are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do. The kind of work the nurses at William Newton Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of the DAISY Award.”
Hospital administrators and award nominators gather with nurse Shauna Andes and family to celebrate the first DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ® given at William Newton Hospital. Front row from left: William Newton Hospital Administrative Director for Human Resources Cathy McClurg, William Newton Hospital Chief Executive Officer Ben Quinton, William Newton Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Tina Wheeler, 2018 DAISY Award winner Shauna Andes, Carson Andes, Conner Andes, nominator William Newton Hospital Rehabilitation Services Administrative Assistant Dena Artherton, and nominator Delbert Kemp. Back row from left: William Newton Hospital Chief Financial Officer Brian Barta and Adam Andes.
Shauna Andes, RN, is named the first annual recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® at William Newton Hospital.