Beebe Healthcare Presents DAISY Awards to Two Exceptional Nurses

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Beebe Healthcare is pleased to announce Nicole Hagiwara, BSN, RN, and Alexis Stringer, RN, as its latest DAISY Award recipients. This award is presented to nurses who go above and beyond in the delivery of clinical excellence and compassionate care as they are working with patients. DAISY Awards are presented at Beebe on a quarterly basis.

Hagiwara was honored with the award following her encounters with a specific patient and his wife, who were grateful for the empathy and compassion she delivered at his bedside. Hagiwara stood as the patient’s advocate, ensuring he received excellent clinical care while also providing information and guidance during his hospital stay.

“Nicole was always concerned about how we were doing,” noted the patient’s wife, who submitted a DAISY Award nomination form. “She answered all of our remaining questions patiently and concisely. In fact, she indicated that no questions were insignificant. Her clinical knowledge, as well as her nursing skills, were exceptional. She was very understanding and considerate to both of us.”

That level of compassionate care was especially appreciated because the patient was in pain, and experiencing dangerously high blood pressure that needed to be quickly and efficiently controlled.

“Nicole became our liaison and advocate in working with the hospitalists to get my husband’s blood pressure and pain under control,” noted her nominator. “Her expertise, understanding, and extraordinary compassion got us through a very difficult time. She is an outstanding and exceptional nurse.”

Stringer, a nurse from Beebe’s Women’s and Children’s unit, was recognized for her compassionate care when a patient’s induced labor lasted significantly longer than anticipated. Stringer was a source of support and comfort for the patient during her challenged labor and delivery process.

“Alexis is a perfect example of a phenomenal nurse,” her DAISY Award nominator noted. “My pregnancy ended with an induction that ended up lasting days longer than anyone anticipated. She was always super prompt and never complained or even seemed bothered to come into my room.”

The patient greatly appreciated Stringer’s kindness and coaching while she helped her through the arduous labor process.

“Alexis was personable and truly cared and advocated for me,” added her nominator. “She coached me as I tried to progress, and I do not think I would have been able to hold out as long as I did without her. I am still amazed at how hard she works and even when the task gets tough, she remains so incredibly kind. She even checked in on us after I was moved to the Mother/Baby Unit. Beebe is lucky to have such a dedicated nurse on their team.”

During surprise ceremonies at the hospital, Hagiwara and Stringer were each presented with a DAISY certificate and a hand-carved Healer’s Touch sculpture inscribed with the words “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.”

The DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of an autoimmune disease called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired a new way of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and their families.

Patients, families, and staff are encouraged to nominate nurses who demonstrate extraordinary care and service in their day-to-day work for DAISY Awards. To nominate a Beebe nurse for the DAISY Award, please visit www.beebehealthcare.org/forms/daisy-award.

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