Nurse earns recent DAISY honor

Sandy Olson, 5N RN, is the latest registered nurse at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital to receive the DAISY award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is given monthly nurses who consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care. They are recognized as outstanding role models in the hospital’s nursing community.

Sandy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 1979.  After graduation, she began working on the 5 North Trauma/Neurology Unit at the hospital and has continued working there ever since.  Here is the story that was submitted by a family member of a recent patient that Sandy cared for. 

“My Dad developed an infection that brought him to Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital.  This infection brought on failure of the kidneys, heart and many other body parts.  After he was in the hospital for 2 ½ weeks, we ended up sitting by his hospital bed and watching him take his last breath,” the nomination stated.  “We were fortunate enough to have Sandy as a nurse for his last days.  She was by far the most passionate, personal and caring person on the staff that we encountered throughout his stay.  She truly was a comfort during this difficult time, always checking on us and my Dad and always trying to go above and beyond in any way she could. 

“She really cares for her patients and does take her career to heart.  I really hope this hospital knows what they have in this wonderful nurse.”

Also nominated this month were registered nurses Marina Maguire, 3 North; Carrie Vandre, Critical Care Unit; Sara Pannemann, 5 North; and Karla Wunrow, Post Anesthesia Care Unit.


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