Being admitted to a hospital can cause a good bit of apprehension and anxiousness. And that was certainly true for an older patient recently admitted to Jefferson’s Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia for treatment of his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
During an extended hospitalization the staff of the unit treating the patient developed a good rapport with the 70-year-old Philadelphia man. But staff nurse Regan Thompson, RN, BSN, formed a particularly strong bond with him.
“Every day she would go into his room and talk with him about everyday things and make him feel more at ease about being in the hospital,” wrote a colleague in nominating Ragan for a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
Then as the patient was scheduled to be transferred to another facility shortly before his birthday Regan jumped into action. Here’s what happened:
“She bought him a birthday cake and brought it into work the day that he was being transferred. Regan gathered all of the staff working that day and they went into his room with the birthday cake and sang “Happy Birthday” to him. Not only did she get him a birthday cake, but she also bought him new clothes – a sweatshirt, a t-shirt, sweatpants and a new hat! Regan went above and beyond her expected duties that day, and she does this on a regular basis for many patients. She is a strong patient advocate, team player and a great asset to Jefferson.”
Congratulations Regan and thank you for your efforts to go above and beyond to serve our patients.
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses
J. Patrick Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient’s families. Jefferson is proud to bring the tradition of honoring extraordinary nurses here.