DAISY Program Honors Nurses in a Critical Access Hospital

Ascension Seton Highland Lakes Hospital (SHL) introduced the DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses  in 2016.  Since that time, three nurses have been honored with DAISY awards in recognition of the outstanding care they provided to their patients: Linda Bokros-Blansit, RN, Christy Christian, RN and Joyce Gullickson, RN.

Joyce Gullickson, RN, received a DAISY Award® after being nominated by several patients and families. As if that were not enough of an honor, soon after, she received not one, but two Humancare Awards for two separate endeavors.

Here is a short excerpt of what Joyce’s colleagues have to say about this outstanding SHL nurse:

“Joyce is an exemplary nurse who lives the mission in her daily work. One day recently she went above and beyond assisting a patient and her team. We had a quadriplegic patient on our swing bed program who had a daily bowel program taking approximately an hour each morning. This patient had a physician clinic appointment requiring him to leave our site at 6:00 in the morning. Although Joyce was scheduled to be off that day, she requested to come in at 4:30 a.m. that morning to complete the patient’s bowel program. Her request was approved and her efforts not only helped the patient leave the hospital on time, but it greatly reduced his anxiety levels.

Joyce also coordinated with pharmacy for the patient to receive his medications earlier than normal so he wouldn’t miss any doses while off site. She even brought the patient donuts knowing he was leaving prior to breakfast. This level of compassion and dedication confirms her commitment to the patients and her team. Ascension Seton Highland Lakes is very proud to have Joyce as part of its family!”