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Walter Reed Bethesda Recognizes Extraordinary Nurse for July

09/10/2018

By Bernard S. Little

WRNMMC Command Communications​

The Directorate of Nursing Services at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center recently honored one of their own with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Lisa Mitchell of the John P. Murtha Cancer Center’s Hematology/Oncology Clinic at WRNMMC, earned the July DAISY award for demonstrating “excellence in the delivery of patient care, extraordinary compassion, courage, integrity, and promotion of the professional nursing practice,” according to the DAISY Award Selection Committee at the medical center.

Army Col. Lozay Foots, director of nursing services at WRNMMC, presented Mitchell the award Aug. 29 in her work area in the America Building after reading the winning nomination before members of the nursing team and Mitchell’s colleagues at Walter Reed Bethesda.

A patient’s family nominated Mitchell for the DAISY award, explaining, “[We] first met this nurse when she came out to greet us before my dad's first treatment in December 2017. We had no idea what to expect, [and] no idea how to navigate the world of treatment. To be honest, we were scared. However, this nurse's smile and warm personality put us right at ease. She answered our questions (and there were many), gave us great literature to read, and let us know that we could contact her with any questions and concerns we had. Trust me, we did, too. Even if it wasn't this nurse's area of expertise, she would put us in contact with who we needed. This nurse always returned our call quickly and showed genuine concern for my dad and us. Never once did we feel we couldn't call on this nurse for anything.”

The family added Mitchell “has gone above and beyond on more than one occasion. From tracking down the doctor for an answer to a question we forgot to ask, helping us rearrange appointments for the umpteenth time, alleviating our fears, to encouraging us during this journey....she did it. This nurse epitomizes what caring and support is and we have been blessed to have her as part of the great care team at Walter Reed.”

A native of East Chicago, Indiana, Mitchell worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center prior to its realignment with the National Naval Medical Center to create WRNMMC in 2011 as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation. She has since worked at WRNMMC.

Each month, the WRNMMC nursing team recognizes a member of the nursing team with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, established by the DAISY Foundation and family of J. Patrick Barnes to recognize nurses and the care and support they provide patients and their families.

In 1999, Barnes was diagnosed with the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) and died at the age of 33 from its complications. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. Appreciative of the nursing care Barnes received during his hospitalization, his family created the DAISY Award and piloted the program at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, where he was cared for during the latter stages of his life. Health-care facilities around the world recognize their nurses with their DAISY award, as well.

Anyone can nominate a member of the WRNMMC nursing team for the DAISY award. The nursing recognition program at Walter Reed Bethesda carried over from WRAMC in 2011 with the establishment of WRNMMC. Since February 2012, the WRNMMC DAISY Award Selection Committee has received more than 4,000 nominations for the award, selecting approximately 70 recipients, according to Joan Loepkerduncan, a member of the committee at WRNMMC and instrumental in bringing it here from WRAMC.

Nominations for the DAISY award can be submitted to any nurse or clerk in WRNMMC directorate of nursing services, or e-mailed to joan.loepkerduncan.civ@mail.mil. Nominations can be mailed to Joan Loepker-Duncan, WRNMMC, 8930 Brown Drive, Bldg. 9, Room 2894, Bethesda, Maryland 20889. For additional information about the DAISY award at WRB, contact Loepker-Duncan at 301-319-4617.​