Martinsburg VA Medical Center
Martinsburg VA Medical Center DAISY Recipient
November 22, 2017
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – Jenica Pearson, a registered nurse with the Martinsburg VA Medical Center (VAMC), assigned to the 4A Medical-Surgical Unit is the latest recipient of the DAISY Foundation Extraordinary Nurse Award.
Pearson was nominated for the DAISY award by a Veteran under her care. In the nomination submission the Veteran said, “Nurse Jenica was extremely professional, caring and always attentive during my care on 4A. She took the time to help me during my times of stress in achieving one particular goal. She gave me a sense of caring and privacy that cannot be achieved easily in a hospital.”
Pearson has been working at the Martinsburg VAMC since February 2016. “Jennica is no doubt deserving of the Daisy Award,” said Cecilia Durante, MSN, MHA, BSN, RN-OCN, the medical center’s 4A acute care inpatient unit nurse manager. “With the unique challenges she and her co-workers face during the night shift, her presence and contributions have made many difficult situations a lot easier. She exemplifies good work ethics and professionalism amid any situation.”
The DAISY Foundation award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of nurses on a daily basis. The DAISY Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died of complications from a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease, at the age of 33 in late 1999.
The care received from nurses while Barnes was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. This organization helps to fight diseases of the immune system through funding of nursing research and evidenced based practice projects.
Veteran patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and staff members can nominate nurses for The DAISY Award.