ICU Nurse Receives Latest DAISY Award

DAISY recipient Ryan Eastman

Intensive Care Unit registered nurse Ryan Eastman is the recipient of the DAISY award for March.

Ryan was nominated by a patient’s wife, who wrote in about Ryan’s vigilance, compassion, and humor.

The patient was brought to Crouse by ambulance, having suffered an apparent stroke. His wife said that she felt like a “deer in headlights” but Ryan helped them understand what was going on, and assured them he was doing well. She noted Ryan’s attentive nature towards her and her son.

When the patient was moved from the ICU to neurology after two days, Ryan stopped by after his shift to see how he was doing.

The patient’s wife said, “His compassion and humor meant the world to our family.”

ICU Nurse Manager Kris Brown (right), Chief Nursing Officer Betty O’Connor, and Vice President of Education and Nursing Support Rhonda Reader presented Ryan with his DAISY award.

About the DAISY Award
In November 1999, the family of J. Patrick Barnes formed the DAISY Foundation as a way to express their profound gratitude to nurses for the work they do for patients and their families every day. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. Pat died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. In 2015, Crouse became a DAISY-affiliated hospital, and presents an award to a deserving nurse, selected by a committee, regularly throughout the year. The DAISY Award program at Crouse has been made possible through a donation from the Crouse Hospital Medical Staff.