Forrest General Names DAISY Award Winner For May
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (June 2, 2020) A member of the medical profession for 18 years, Brandy Bruce, an RN at Forrest General Hospital, said it was taking care of patients that brought her to radiology after stints in both critical care and surgery. On Thursday, Bruce was recognized as the hospital’s second recipient of the DAISY Award. The award is presented monthly to a deserving nurse who exemplifies clinical expertise and compassionate care and is recognized as a role model in the nursing community.
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.
Bruce said she was very surprised to receive the award. “I really was surprised the other day when I was nominated,” she said. Bruce, who knew about the award after a fellow worker in ICU was nominated, looked it up online to see what it was about. “I thought it was very interesting that it was started by a patient’s family. That’s about the highest award you can get.”
Bruce started out as a pre-med major and ended up choosing a career in nursing, where she worked in a couple of other disciplines. “I missed doing the patient care and having the autonomy to take care of patients, figure things out and do it myself,” she said, prior to making her way back to radiology.
Shannon Vega, patient care manager for radiology, said the department was “so blessed to have Brandy,” who she described as an over-achiever who does everything right and doesn’t take any shortcuts. “Her patients love her,” she said.
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.
Bruce was excited and totally surprised as fellow healthcare workers in radiology, administration and nursing professionals gathered for the announcement. Bruce was one of 10 named as finalists for this award and had been presented a DAISY Award pin, along with other finalists, earlier in the week. Finalists included: Kayla Lynn Murillo, RN, 5T; Jerrell Brim, RN, Education; Tamesha McDonald, RN, Emergency Department; Anjelica Morgan, RN, Float; Deanna Hayes, RN, Education; Nadia Clark, RN, Hospice/HC; John Holland, Jr., RN, 6T; Cameron Marzette, RN, Emergency Department; Victoria Dixon, RN, PEDS.
From left, Phyllis Chambers-Berry, chief nursing officer; Brandy Bruce, RN, DAISY Award recipient; Shannon Vega, patient care services manager-radiology; and Millie Swan, vice president, celebrate Bruce’s recognition as the hospital’s second DAISY winner.