There are some days when you open your email and see a message and it just makes you smile. I previously wrote about the nurse I nominated for The Daisy Award and who won. After the ceremony I received an email from her and how appreciative she was for me nominating her for this award. Well, after dealing with migraines for  two days, when I came in to work this morning I had a reply from her. In her original email she told me she would like to visit my father’s grave. I let her know that I had him cremated and that I would be more than happy to make a trip in to the hospital with his ashes. In her reply to me today she told me that she didn’t want me to do that and that instead whenever she thinks about my dad she will look up at the sky and pray for him. Seeing that made my emotional, but in a good way. I will be forever grateful for her.

If you don’t know what The Daisy Award is, I will give you some background. The Daisy Award and The Daisy Foundation was created by the J. Patrick Barnes family as a way to honor extraordinary nurses in the nursing field in November 1999. This award honors nurses in such an amazing way. There’s so much information on their website including all of the winners of this award and ways to support this amazing foundation. If you are interested you can check it out their website at The DAISY Award.



Positive Influence

Over the weekend I found out something that made me happy and that I wanted to share. During my walk with coworkers and friends, we ended our 6.7 mile walk at a small restaurant in a town called St. Joe. While we were all recovering and refueling from our walk I had the chance to talk to the director from the emergency room I used to work in. I saw him briefly last month at The Daisy Award ceremony for the nurse who took care of my dad in his final hours.

What I learned from him on Saturday made me even more grateful that I took the time to nominate this nurse and that she won. He told me that she is a travelling nurse from Japan and that she really wasn’t sure she fit in here or that she had made the right choice to come here. He told me that after she won the award that it made her feel like she had made the right choice to come here and that it made her feel more a part of the team. This means the world to me. I saw not only how she interacted with my dad and I, but with other staff members. She is truly one of those nurses that is one in a million.

Never underestimate how you can make a difference in the life of someone. I nominated this nurse because of the care and compassion she showed. I didn’t know a lot about where she was from or that she was a travel nurse here. I’m glad that my show of gratitude and appreciation helped make a difference in her life, as she did in mine. Things like this just make my heart so full and make me want to continue on this journey of finding a way to make a difference in the lives of others, while also allowing me to make my life more fulfilled. The next time you think a gesture is too small, but you still want to do something for someone, do it. You never know how big that gesture could be to the person and that it could be life changing for them.