Forrest General Hospital Names DAISY Award Winner For July

DAISY Award Winner, Katlyn Peden, RN, BSN

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (July 30, 2021) Katlyn Peden, RN, BSN, a nurse on 5T, was named the recipient of the July 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.­

Peden’s nominator said she is an extraordinary nurse. “Katlyn goes above and beyond each shift to make sure all 33 patients on the floor receive excellent care,” the nomination read. “She is always looking out for her coworkers and will always offer a helping hand to ensure her coworkers’ shift goes smoothly.”

Peden is described as flexible and has shifted her “normal rotation” days around every week in order to fill the gaps and work the days most needed. “She has never once complained,” her nominator said. “She is compassionate about all of her patients, and she does a great job of communicating and keeping her patients informed. Patient safety is always her priority. She is a great mentor and a preceptor as well as an advocate for patients. She communicates well with physicians, a great mentor and preceptor.”

Peden’s elementary school dream of becoming a school teacher quickly changed course when she was introduced to the healthcare field. Peden, who took Allied Health classes throughout high school. “I wanted to help people, so I pretty much knew what I was going to do.”

Peden, who is from Philadephia, Miss., received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi. It was as a nursing student that Peden noticed what appeared to be a large melanoma on her dad’s chest. “I told him we had to get that checked out,” she said. “I think that potentially saved his life, because he’s had a long road with cancer.”

Peden and her husband, Dylan, live in Purvis with their pup, Alvin.

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.

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