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.