Carrie Cowen, RN is the July 2012 DAISY Award Recipient
Congratulations to Carrie Cowen, RN who is the July 2012 Daisy Award Recipient. Carrie is an RN in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU). The DAISY Award is presented monthly to an All Children's Hospital Nurse who has provided extraordinary service to our patients.
Carrie was nominated by a parent who wrote:
Carrie was one of the first nurses our son had at All Children's Hospital in the CVICU. We knew immediately that she was a nurse who is passionate about her career. She showed love, care and concern toward our son as if he were her own. She took the time to explain everything she would do while caring for our son, including steps during assessment, medication administration, and charting of vitals. She kept us well informed, knowledgeable and confident as parents of a cardiac kid. When our son's shunt clotted, Carrie was one of the first nurses to rush into the room. Once she saw our son was in good hands, she came over to us to explain everything thing that was happening. Her calm, focused, and honest demeanor relaxed us and helped us keep our heads focused while our hearts were breaking. This is a moment in time we will never forget and we will be forever grateful for each staff member who responded to that Code Blue, specifically Carrie, who recognized that other great staff members were addressing our son's emergent situation and instead of walking out, chose to address our fragile state as parents. She gave us the support, compassion, and information we needed. Carrie is truly a nurse who goes above and beyond her expected duties, because she wants to, not because she has to. For this and her other wonderful qualities, we feel Carrie has earned the DAISY Award.
"Carrie joined the All Children's CVICU Team in July 2010 and has become an integral part of the team," said Susan Wall, RN, Clinical Manager of the CVICU. "She is an extraordinary nurse, whose skill, compassion and leadership makes her a role model for her team and peers. She demonstrates not only clinical excellence, but an enormous amount of compassion for her patients and families. She goes above and beyond what nursing requires and it shows in the care she provides to her patients everyday. She is well respected by her peers and is always willing to lend a hand and help out her team members. She serves the co-chair for the Heart Center's Adult Congenital Heart Committee and is an active member of the ACH Peer Review Committee."
Thank you Carrie, for your service excellence to All Children's Hospital and your continued passion to pursue perfection.