I would like to nominate Cindy Pelley-Johnson from the Cardiac Care Center for the Daisy Award. There is not one single scenario that I can use to describe what makes her so special – it is the consistency of her actions over time that amazes me. Cindy has held her CCRN certification for many years – way before it became “encouraged” and rewarded. Cindy comes to work with positive energy and a positive attitude. She always puts the patient first – even when she is taking a break or is outside of her patient’s room, you can see her sitting nearby so that she always has an eye on her patient. Cindy excels clinically and her judgement is impeccable. As the unit’s “Post-op Nurse”, she is respected by the nursing staff, medical team, and surgeons. Dr. Burke and Dr. Hannan always breathe a little easier when they see Cindy at the bedside!
Cindy basically precepts every RN that is oriented to the CICU – everyone spends 2 weeks doing post-ops with her, and she has never once complained. Cindy is a patient advocate, educator, mentor, clinical resource and dedicated professional. She cares for and educates her families with earnest, and is loved and respected by them all. Cindy is a true leader in the unit and sets the nursing standards exceptionally high for the rest of the staff. For her commitment to her patients and families over the years, I believe that Cindy represents all that the Daisy Award stands for and is a very worthy candidate for this honor.