DREXEL HILL, Pa. – Crozer-Keystone Health System recently recognized Raj Randhawa, R.N., of Millbourne, a medical/surgical nurse at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, as a recipient of the DAISY Award. This award recognizes nurses who consistently meet each of the following criteria: Dedicated, Autonomous, Innovative, Selfless and Extraordinary. Randhawa was nominated for the award by one of her patients.
“I was admitted to the hospital and placed in a room on 3 East after coming to the ER on Wednesday morning, July 19, with severe abdominal pain and nausea,” the patient’s letter read. “From Wednesday evening until Friday midday, July 21, I had a lot of contact with Raj, as I believe she was on 12-hour shifts. My mother had just died onSaturday, July 15, and her funeral was scheduled for Thursday, the 20th. Raj was so very sympathetic, listening to my story about my mother’s death, and having to miss her funeral because of my hospitalization. She took the time to listen with compassion and gentle patience, even when she had to care for other patients and had tasks to complete while caring for me! She was also very gentle but adept and efficient when giving me injections or putting in my IV. She answered my questions thoroughly and clearly.”
“Raj joined 3 East in June of 2017. In that short time, she has been a great asset to her team,” says Jenea Dozier, MSN, R.N., PCCN, clinical nurse director at DCMH. “Her calm and compassionate demeanor is one of the many ways she makes the unit a great place for patients and staff. I knew it wouldn’t be long before she was recognized!”
“DCMH is fortunate to have a nurse such as Raj working at its facility,” Randhawa’s patient said. “I’m sure she is, and will continue to be, a blessing to her patients and colleagues. My husband, who was understandably very worried about my several possible diagnoses, was also very impressed with Raj’s efficiency and kindness to us. We believe that her extraordinary care definitely merits the Daisy Award!”
DAISY Foundation and DAISY Award
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in 1999 at the age of 33 from complications from an autoimmune disease. The care that Barnes and his family received from nurses throughout his illness inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
Each DAISY Award honoree is recognized at a public ceremony on his or her unit and receives a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a beautifully hand-carved stone sculpture. In addition, the unit celebrates their colleague’s achievement with Cinnabon cinnamon rolls, which were a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness.
Photo Caption: Raj Randhawa, R.N., a DCMH nurse from Millbourne, is Crozer-Keystone’s most recent DAISY Award recipient.
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