Kaitlin Ralston-Joynt, BSN, RN honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses posted 4/10/2018 in News From left; Kelly Richards, Chief Nursing Officer; Kaitlin Ralston-Joynt, BSN, RN - DAISY Award Winner at Covenant Medical Center; Val Bovy, PatientNurses at Wheaton Iowa are now being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses!The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.The first award recipient is Kaitlin Ralston-Joynt, BSN, RN, who works at Covenant Medical Center's Family Birth Center. Kaitlin was nominated by patient and staff member Val Bovy, who experienced an emergency at just 25 weeks into her pregnancy. Val said, "This was one of the scariest moments of my life but Kaitlin never left my side that night," including riding in the ambulance from Covenant Medical Center to Iowa City. "I will be forever grateful Kaitlin was working that night. I feel so blessed my story had a happy ending and I can't thank her enough for being a part of that."Kaitlin maintained contact over the next several weeks, and helped provide care and comfort to Val's newborn son, Lincoln, when he returned to Covenant Medical Center's NICU. One day, Val was not able to visit Lincoln because she was sick. "Kaitlin sent me a picture of her holding Lincoln and telling me he drank half his bottle. This may have seemed like a small gesture to her, but she has no idea how much that picture meant to me. I was sad thinking Lincoln wouldn't get held much that day, so to see he was getting held and loved by someone who means so much to me, made my whole day." The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, 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.Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, said, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Wheaton Iowa are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, and are chosen by a committee of nurses at Wheaton Iowa to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors.To nominate a nurse for The DAISY Award, an electronic form is available online at wheatoniowa.org/DAISY.