Tim Petersen, RN, from the Intensive Care Unit, Hauenstein 2, at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, was nominated for the DAISY Award by a patient’s family member from earlier in 2018. What made Petersen’s ceremony even more special was the presence of Barnes family, who founded the DAISY Foundation and DAISY Award. The Barnes family and their business partners were spending the entire Nurses Week 2018 traveling to hospitals across Michigan, and stopped at both Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and Mercy Health Muskegon. Below is an excerpt from Tim’s nomination form:
“When my mother was admitted to the ICU, things began to escalate quickly to where she was intubated at 4 a.m. Although everyone was helpful and comforting, Tim stood out. We were fortunate to have him as our night nurse for three nights in a row. Over that time, he repeatedly demonstrated knowledge, preparedness, attention to detail, quick response and empathy.
“I truly felt that my mom was a priority and he was well-equipped to do it well. That is his job. He does it well. Beyond treating his patients with kindness, he made sure that as a family member, I knew what was happening. Anything he did, he filled me in and asked if I had any questions. When I did, he answered them simply and completely.
“When I thanked him in person, he humbly said, ‘I just treat you how I would want my family and me to be treated.’
“Tim is a most deserving candidate for the DAISY Award.”
Congratulations to Petersen and to the Intensive Care Unit!