Forrest General Names Mike Nguyen as July DAISY Award
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (July 30, 2020) Many refer to Mike Nguyen, an RN on 9T, as the poster representative for patient-centered care, teamwork, and compassion. Such attributes have garnered Nguyen recognition as the July DAISY Award winner. 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.
Whether helping calm patients who may be confused and not themselves or noticing something “not quite right” about a patient and notifying a physician, Nguyen is caring for his patients every step of the way. But he’s also helping out fellow employees. Most recently, Nguyen reached out to mentor a new nurse on his unit. By following up with her on a daily basis, he made sure she was keeping up, or offered to help when she started to fall behind. It’s actions such as these that are at the heart and soul of Nguyen’s nursing career.
An employee at Forrest General for a little more than a year, Nguyen is working his first job. He entered the profession mainly for his mom, who always encouraged him to help people. “Ever since I was little, I always wanted to do something that was helpful to others,” he said. “And when I was 25, God told me to go do something that would be helpful, and I thought nursing was a good idea. So, between his mother’s encouragement and the message from God, Nguyen finds himself hopefully making them both very proud.
Nguyen said every day on the job is challenging, “but seeing patients recover from a dramatic event to a recovering phase is a wonderful thing.”
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.
Nguyen is among six other finalists, who received a pin earlier in the week. Finalists include: Colin O’brien, ICU; Lateesha Hatten, RN, 8T; Mercedes Walker, RN, Premium Pool; Jodie Freeman, PCC 7T; and Amy Ware, RN, Radiology.