Olivia Allen, an RN in ICU at Forrest General, was named the May DAISY Award recipient.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (May 26, 2021) Olivia Allen, RN, a nurse in the ICU, was named the recipient of the May 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.
Allen’s nomination came from a family who lost a loved one and wanted to express their gratitude to her for the many acts of kindness she showed both the patient and the family during their hospital stay. “Olivia took the time and thought of fixing our loved ones hair and makeup before they took her off life support,” read the letter. “Our loved one went peacefully, and thanks to Olivia, beautifully. Olivia encompasses everything it takes and so much more to be a nurse. It takes sympathy, empathy, and being a beautiful human to be the nurse you are. Thank you for being you. I’ve never met you personally, but we are proud to have had you there for us during this difficult time. Forrest General is lucky to have you. May God bless you and your family all the days of your life. May your hard work and dedication never go unnoticed.”
Allen who hails from Prattville, Alabama, has been a traveling nurse who has decided to make her home at Forrest General. Her career path wasn’t always so clear to her family members. “When I told my mom I wanted to be a nurse, she laughed because I was always the phobic kid who steered away from everyone who got sick or coughed,” Allen said. “I always ran from that.” She explained that both of her grandparents were quite sick when she was young. “My grandmother was diagnosed at a young age with Parkinsons and my grandfather, who took care of her, had emphysema and COPD,” she said.
The nomination letter meant a lot to Allen. “My grandmother died in the hospital of colon cancer while I was in nursing school,” she said. “My grandmother wanted to be put together all the time, and a nurse stepped up to make sure she was, even in her final moments. She looked like herself because of the care the nurse had taken with her. I go into a patient’s rooms sometimes, and they aren’t put together, and that’s just a lasting memory the family is going to have. Going that extra mile is important and makes you stand out. I’m really honored to have impacted someone and have them appreciate it as much as I did when my grandmother passed.”
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.