As a designated Magnet hospital, Huntington Hospital is a recognized leader
in nursing excellence. Every day, our nurses go above and beyond for our
patients, and we are proud to recognize them for their efforts.
The DAISY Award was established by The DAISY Foundation in memory of J.
Patrick Barnes. The Barnes family was awestruck by the clinical skills,
caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, and created
this international award to say thank you to nurses everywhere.
Huntington Hospital’s February DAISY Award winner, Rob Duryee, RN,
CCU, was nominated by a colleague who wrote the following:
“The CCU admitted two trauma patients, a husband and wife both in
their 90’s after a motor vehicle accident. They had been married
for 70 years. The husband was transferred out of the CCU before his wife.
Rob was taking care of him that day and was aware that his wife was still
admitted to CCU. Rob decided to make a detour as he transferred his patient
out of the unit...he wheeled the patient into his wife’s room where
they were able to hold hands and have a conversation, something that they
had not been able to do since admission. Undoubtedly, Rob had many things
to do for his other patient and probably was about to admit another but
he took the time to give this lovely couple some time together. As it
turned out, this would be the last time the couple would be together as
the wife made the difficult decision to transition to comfort care. I
have no doubt that the gift of time together that Rob arranged gave this
couple and the entire family some peace knowing that they spend those
last moments together. Rob’s actions made an impact on his colleagues.
The story was shared many times on the unit. When I thanked Rob for his
kind actions he humbly stated that it was his pleasure and privilege.
He also went on to share that the husband was a World War II veteran and
that they had spent quite a bit of time talking about his service to our
country. Rob also stated what a privilege it was to take care of him.”
Critical nursing can have the reputation of focusing more on the technical
and complex aspects of nursing practice versus the human aspect of caring.
Rob is a highly-skilled, technical critical care nurse but it is clear,
based on his actions, that he has not lost touch with human kindness,
compassion, understanding and empathy – the integral components
of nursing care.
Congratulations, Rob! Thank you for going above and beyond for our patients.
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