March 2021 DAISY Award Winner, Denise Jones-Lindley, MSN/MBA.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (March 31, 2021) Denise Jones-Lindley, MSN/MBA, director of Surgical Services, was named the recipient of the March DAISY Award at Forrest General Hospital. The award is presented monthly to a deserving nurse or nurses who exemplify clinical expertise and compassionate care and is recognized as a role model in the nursing community.
Jones-Lindley was a teenager when she knew she wanted to be a nurse. She grew up in Richton before earning her Associates degree from Jones Junior College in 1997, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1999 from the University of Southern Mississippi. She later went to William Carey University where she earned her MBA/MSN in 2017. Jones-Lindley enjoys taking care of people; and, while a leadership position was not the path she was expecting, she said, “It’s the path God wanted me to go down, I assume, because it was all kind of laid out and chosen,” she said. “I love being a nurse and have been one for more than 25 years now. It’s a great profession. If you don’t know what you want to be you can always say you want to be a nurse, because it provides a great foundation. You can go into business or anything else. It just kind of elevates you on the platform.”
Jones-Lindley’s nominator referred to her as “one of the most dedicated and hardworking people I have ever known. A strong leader, she leads by example. She is an effective heart-head-heart communicator. Problem solving is one of her strengths, and she keeps herself updated through research on updates in the medical world. While confident, she is also kind, caring, compassionate, understanding, encouraging, supportive, a source of information, always willing to listen and answer questions, comes in early, stays late; communicates effectively, is reliable, dependable and a great resource for all surgical services.
In April of 2020, Jones-Lindley implemented a plan at Forrest General where N95 masks were decontaminated using vaporized hydrogen peroxide during a 30-minute sterilization process.
The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 in California by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 from complications of an auto-immune disease. During his eight-week hospital stay, his family was impressed by the care and compassion his nurses provided, not only to him but to everyone in the family. They created the DAISY Award in his memory to recognize those nurses who make a big difference in the lives of so many people.
Forrest General Hospital is proud to be a DAISY Award partner and recognizes one of its nurses with this special honor every month. Nurses are nominated by patients, and family members, as well as other healthcare professionals. The winner is then selected by a board of healthcare workers. Each DAISY Award Honoree is recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and receives a certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled, A Healer’s Touch, handcrafted by a tribe in Zimbabwe.