SALINAS, Calif. (KION) An emergency room nurse at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System has received a Daisy Award for extraordinary care.
A patient at the hospital nominated Audrie Ferreira, RN, after her visit to the emergency department. Earlier this year, Angelica Plascencia went to the ER feeling worried and in severe pain.
Plascencia wrote in a letter, "After fainting and getting admitted, I woke up to a large group of healthcare professionals surrounding me. Although I was afraid and still in pain I felt safe, cared for and important. Mainly due to Audrie, who kept me informed every step of the way. She listened to me and acted fast.”
Ferreira said she recognized Plascencia's fear and treated her like family, and in Plascencia's nomination letter, she recalled them both breaking in tears after her surgery, but the tears continued later.
“I teared up listening to the letter Angelica wrote nominating me for the award,” said Ferreira. “The plaque and Daisy Award statue are totally unexpected.”
The Daisy Award is a nationwide initiative to recognize nurses who give exceptional and compassionate care, and every month, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System recognizes an employee with a Daisy Award for nurses or a STAR Award for all staff. Nominations can be submitted by patients, visitors and staff.
Other Daisy Award nominees for November are: Christina Araujo, Michael Jarschke, Jessica Lemus, Marnie Posecion, Denyse Sanchez and Jessica Schloemer.