I would like to nominate Shannon Hutcherson from CICU for the DAISY award. Shannon is an exceptional nurse and a kind and compassionate person. She came to the CICU in 2007 with many years of ER experience under her belt and has proved to be a wonderful asset to our team. She is an IV whiz, and never hesitates to try and find access on any of our patients, including those on 2NE, even when she is not caring for them that day and has her own busy assignment. On several occurrences, Shannon stayed over after her shift to try and obtain an IV on a baby that was on several drip medications when the IV nurse was busy and could not come to get a restart. Her prior ER experience allows her to be very knowledgeable about disease states/conditions other than just cardiac problems and she is always willing to share her extensive knowledge with the other staff. She is a friendly person and always has a smile on her face or a kind or encouraging word to say to everyone. She has worked several nightshifts over the course of her employment here and when working with her have noted her to be a team player and very willing to help others. However, it is not only her superb clinical skills and her friendly demeanor that contribute to her excellence as a nurse- it is her personal experiences. Shannon bad a son who was a patient in our CICU several years ago and who passed away at another hospital while waiting for a heart transplant. This experience enables her to connect with our patients and their families on a completely different level and allows her to understand what t hey are going through because she has been there herself. Recently, we have had a patient in the unit that is undergoing transplant evaluation. Shannon has been able to be very honest with the mother about the process and very sensitive to her needs as she goes through this ordeal. She is also able to coordinate well with the medical team about things that the transplant hospital will be looking for (ex- consults, labs, tests, etc), things that may have been overlooked otherwise. In addition to the experiences with reason, Shannon also is the mother of twins that were born premature and have numerous medical needs. She is therefore exceptional at caring for or more chronic patients and advocates for them and their families in all areas. Shannon is a delight to work with and a true blessing to the Cardiac Care Center. I hope she continues to work with our team for many years to come. Thanks Shannon, for all of your dedication to our unit, as well as to the nurses on your team."
We also had a patient in CICU last summer whose family was here from the islands. The baby was very sick and needed surgery, and was having a number of other complications. The mother was staying at Devonshire but had no other family support in the States or any transportation other than cabs/buses. One evening after working and before going hometo her own family, Shannon took the time to drive this mother to the grocery store so that she could get groceries and other items she needed tor her stay. I think that this selflessness should also be recognized.