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Altru Nurse Earns DAISY Award Recognition for Being a “Hero”

Posted OnSeptember 27, 2022

Jenna Nunn, RN, a patient care coordinator at Altru Health System in the Progressive Care Unit, is being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses®. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care nurses provide patients and families every day.

One of Jenna’s patients expressed deep admiration for the care she received from Jenna and nominated Jenna for this award.

“Her words, personal sharing, demonstrated work ethic and teaching made an impact on me,” her patient shared. “But, most of all, listening with both her ears and heart touched me beyond measure.”

The connection nurses make with their patients often proves to be memorable for all involved. A little kindness, during one patient’s time-in-need, can make a significant difference in their lives and recovery.

“Heroes are not just those who go through isolated extraordinary feats to save or change a life, heroes also are those who do the right thing whether someone is noticing or not,” her patient explained.

And noticing is something the nominator and Altru’s chief nursing officer definitely did.

“I’m always so proud when I hear about how our nurses are impacting the lives of our patients in both big and small ways. Jenna is an exemplary nurse who provides exemplary care,” said Janice Hamscher, chief nursing officer at Altru.

Finally, the patient expressed, “It isn’t so much what Jenna has done for me and others, but it’s about how I feel after what she has done for me.”

Jenna has been a nurse with Altru since 2015.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known, but not uncommon, auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.