Showing compassion in difficult times

Joe Haralson, BSN, R.N., has been recognized as a DAISY Award winner by FirstHealth of the Carolinas.

Haralson, who works at Reid Heart Center, was nominated by the family member of a patient who he cared for earlier this year.

“My grandmother was a patient in Reid Hear Center in January, and unfortunately, she did not make it out of the hospital. The care she received on her last visit was extraordinary,” the family member wrote in a nomination letter. “I wish I could nominate each and every one of them for the DAISY Award, but I’m going to nominate Joe because he cared for my grandmother as her time was drawing to an end.”

According to the nomination, Joe was attentive and compassionate as he cared for this patient, helping her move from the bed to a chair to keep her comfortable and offering to keep family members informed about how she was doing.

“Sometimes nurses show compassion through their gift of healing, but this time we were shown compassion in loss. In her last few hours, Joe explained to us what was happening, what they were doing and why they were doing it,” the nomination letter said.

“Many times during the night he asked us if there was anything he could get us, and he offered to call a chaplain for us when my grandmother passed. Joe deserves to be honored for his professionalism, his compassion and the way he went above and beyond for my grandmother and for our family.”

Angela Stone, R.N., Haralson’s manager, said he’s deserving of the recognition because he “always goes the extra mile.”

“Joe truly upholds our core purpose, to care for people. Joe is genuine in his caring and extends his compassion beyond the patient,” Stone said. “Joe is concerned about families, his coworkers and the entire FirstHealth team. He is a true asset to our team.”

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was established by the Daisy Foundation, a not-for-profit, based in Glen Ellen, Calif. The foundation was started by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.

The care Barnes and his family received from nurses inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients’ families.

Today, there are more than 2,800 health care facilities in all 50 states and 17 other countries honoring their nurses with the DAISY Award.

FirstHealth of the Carolinas, which includes Moore Regional Hospital, Moore Regional Hospital – Richmond, Moore Regional Hospital – Hoke and Montgomery Memorial Hospital, recognizes an extraordinary nurse each month and has since 2014.

For more information on the DAISY Award, or to nominate a deserving nurse, visit FirstHealth’s website.


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