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St. Mary's Recognizes Daisy Award Winner: Becky Rister

The DAISY Award

Becky RisterNurses' passion, dedication, and skills are vital to the patients and families that spend any length of time at St. Mary's and we are committed to recognizing those who inspire this commitment. The Recruitment, Retention, and Recognition Council is continuously searching for additional ways to recognize exceptional St. Mary's nurses. In this search, the council discovered the DAISY Award.

The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at the age of 33 of idiopathic thrombocytopenia, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring, and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, and created this national award to say thank you to nurses everywhere. DAISY stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem.

St. Mary's is proud to recognize this quarter's DAISY Award recipient, Becky Rister, BSN, RN. She is a nurse in the NICU. She was nominated by a family member of a patient she cared for. Thank you for all you do, Becky. Congratulations!

Actual nomination (names removed)

My son spent 82 days in the NICU with an eventually fatal cytomegalovirus infection.

During our stay at St Mary's, the NICU staff became family to us. I love them all dearly.

But one NICU nurse was always there for us. Her name was Becky. She loved our son so much and she always went above and beyond with her care and selfless compassion. She was always there if I needed someone to talk to with my fears or worries (both personal and with my son). Becky not only spent hours listening, but she offered genuine heartfelt advice and wisdom from her experiences in life.

Lastly, when my son was nearing the final hours of his life, we had wished that Becky was there. Sadly, it was her night off, but that didn't matter to her. The NICU staff called her and within 20 minutes she was there. She sat with us while caring for our son for several hours.

Because of Becky, my son passed away the best way possible, peacefully with the three people that loved him the most. She is in every sense of the word, extraordinary. I feel so blessed to have met her and I will never forget all she has done for us. We love you, Becky!

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