DANVILLE, Va. — Joy Terry, RN, of Sovah Health Danville was honored Friday with the DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses.
The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.
Terry, who works on the med-surg unit at Sovah Health Danville’s campus for the last seven years, was nominated for the award by one of her patients, who credits the nurse with saving her life.
“Joy truly saved my life," the patient said. "Every nurse should strive to be like her. She is the epitome of what dear Florence Nightingale envisioned when she developed the definition of a nurse.”
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick 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 families.
"When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night,” said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, CEO and Co-Founder of the DAISY Foundation. “Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Sovah Health are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”
“Joy is the perfect candidate to receive a DAISY Award and I was honored to help present it to her,” said Brian Bradley, Chief Nursing Officer at Sovah Health Danville. “Her positive attitude and willingness to help others is what defines being an extraordinary nurse to receive the DAISY Award. She touches the lives of so many patients and their families every single day and she deserves to be honored.”