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Rachael Lewis named DAISY Award winner

Registered nurse Rachael Lewis has been recognized as a Central Maine Medical Center's DAISY Award recipient.

The DAISY Award is sponsored by the DAISY Foundation and recognizes nurses who consistently demonstrate in their work the following attributes: compassion; critical thinking skills; passion about life; patient- and family-focused care; patient advocacy; support of all healthcare team members; and nursing profession role model.

Lewis works on the fourth floor Memorial Wing (M4) Pediatrics/Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing Unit, recently relocated from the third-floor Thompson Wing (T3).

M4 Nurse Manager Alison Dehetre nominated Lewis for the award after a family noted the exceptional care she provided for a family experiencing the passing of a loved-one.

Shortly before Christmas, Danny Libby brought his wife Marjorie to CMMC with symptoms of confusion, weakness and shortness of breath. "I stopped what I was doing and walked with Danny to Marjorie's room, a short trip I would take every day until January 16 at 11:13 a.m., when Marjorie passed away," recalls M4 Nurse Manager Alison Dehetre.

"It was easy to see from all of her visitors that she was loved by many, but none loved her more than Danny. Understandably, his grief was severe as he watched his partner of 42 years slip away from him. Rachael Lewis would come in on her days off to visit, and both Marjorie and Danny loved to see her. They spoke of Rachael constantly," Dehetre says.

After Marjorie passed away, her family said the nursing care they witnessed at CMMC was outstanding. They mentioned several nurses and highlighted particular acts of kindness, and Danny said he found it difficult to identify a single nurse for special recognition. "He chose Rachael because she demonstrated her passion for nursing in the caring approach that she should care not only for the patient but for the family," Dehetre says.

Lewis began work at CMMC in July 2012 after graduating from nursing school. She is presently pursuing her bachelor's degree in nursing. She is very active in her church.

"We are very fortunate to have the level of nursing expertise that Rachael, and many other nurses at CMMC, have to offer our patients and their families. The compassion and dedication of our nurses is very evident in all they do each shift. Having worked at CMMC for just under two years, Rachael compassion and holistic approach to patient care have already been an example for all that have worked with her, especially on the night shift that Rachael works. Patient care is 24/7 in a hospital setting and during the night is a time when some patients and their families may feel their most vulnerable. Rachael instills safety, calm and confidence in her approach to caring for others. We have so much to look forward to from Rachael in her future years here at CMMC," said CMMC Vice President for Nursing Sharron Sieleman

The DAISY Award was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. DAISY is an acronym for "diseases attacking the immune system". The foundation is headquartered in Glen Ellen, Calif.

The DAISY Award was created to show gratitude to the nursing profession, because the Barnes family believed that nurses are truly "unsung heroes". The DAISY Foundation says the program "honors the super human work nurses do at the bedside each and every day." The foundation also funds research for the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects.

Patients, visitors, physicians, and co-workers can nominate nurses who they feel deserve to be recognized with the DAISY Award.

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