The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

May 4, 2013

Monahan awarded Mercy's DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing

Quarterly award recognizes the efforts nurses perform every day
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — Mercy Medical Center nurse Kathy Monahan was awarded the quarterly DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

The award, sponsored locally by Hy-Vee Floral, is presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives and is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the efforts nurses perform every day.

She began to work at Mercy Hospital in 1978 and currently serves as a nurse on the Medical/Surgical unit. Through the 35 years as a nurse, she has experienced many changes in the nursing profession and delivery of care. The change from paper documentation to the electronic medical record was among one of the biggest. She recalls other changes ranging from how medication is delivered to patients, how physician-nurse teams care for patients with bedside reporting and how the times have changed from when nurses wore white pressed uniforms and caps.

She was nominated by two individuals. One nominator writes, “Kathy has seen a lot of changes, but one thing has remained the same and even grows with time. That is Kathy’s compassion and love for her patients. She is often the recipient of recognition by her patients in call backs and thank you cards, for they have felt her kindness, calmness and her genuine caring.”

Another nomination wrote the story of her outstanding ability to provide the grace and skill in helping an individual through the death of a family member. When a patient was transferred from CCU with the request that no further life-saving actions be performed, her complete focus was on the patient and her family.

The nominator wrote that “everything stopped” for Kathy and her complete and total focus was on the small family experiencing the end of a life. As Kathy gets to know the patient’s family member, she is graceful and skilled in the conversation and does not leave their side.

The nominator writes, “the end comes quietly, a scenario that Kathy has shared and guided many other families through over the years, and her expertise makes her actions seem effortless. Kathy’s presence and comfort is the essence of the spirit and humanity that connects us all. A strong embrace and a clasp of hands convey what words cannot. From beginning to end, the extraordinary kindness and compassion Kathy showed may still provide comfort today.”

Monahan received a certificate commending her for being an Extraordinary Nurse and stating, “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” Monahan also received a Daisy Pin, a bouquet of daisies donated by Hy-Vee Floral and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. Mercy’s Medical / Surgical Unit also was honored with cinnamon rolls.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Quarterly, in May, August, November, and February, a nurse will be selected by Mercy’s Clinical Advancement Recognition of Excellence Council to receive The DAISY Award. Patients, family, visitors, friends, coworkers, or physicians can nominate nurses. Those interested in nominating a nurse can obtain a nomination form at the front desk or at any nurse’s station.

Mercy Medical Center-Clinton is one of more than 1,300 organizations committed to The DAISY award program. For a complete listing of hospitals currently running the program, go to