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A DAISY for a Blessing - South Sacramento nurse honored for skillful, compassionate care

Blessing Ugbo, holding her DAISY AwardBlessing Ugbo, RN, of Elk Grove, recently had a tearful but joyous start to her shift on the third floor medical-surgical unit of the South Sacramento Medical Center. The nurse joined her colleagues for an impromptu meeting, where she quickly learned she was the medical center's first recipient of a DAISY Award.

"Oh, my goodness. This is such a surprise," Ugbo proclaimed with tears welling in her eyes. "My service is an attribution to this amazing team I work with. I wouldn't be here without their help."

Ugbo was nominated for the award by a patient, who recalled her caring nature and sincere desire to heal.

"I was moved to a room on the third floor and a nurse, Blessing, came in singing. She told me I was going to have a good day," the patient wrote in the nomination letter. "We sang together and she prayed for me. Blessing really showed me that she cared."

The DAISY Award Program was developed a decade ago by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who passed away at the age of 33 due to complications from an auto-immune disease. The Barnes' family recalled the skillful and compassionate care their loved one received during an eight-week hospital stay and wanted to find a way to recognize other exceptional nurses around the country.

The program has been adopted by all Kaiser Permanente Northern California medical centers, including South Sacramento late last year.

Ugbo received a certificate proclaiming her as an extraordinary nurse, a DAISY Award pin and a unique serpentine stone sculpture, handcrafted by the Shona tribe in Zimbabwe, entitled "A Healer's Touch."

In addition to the gifts Ugbo received, all nurses and staff on the third Floor were treated to Cinnabon cinnamon rolls, in honor of Barnes.

Despite his lack of appetite, Barnes ate a visitor's Cinnabon roll during his hospitalization. He enjoyed it so much that he then requested one for the next day and enough for every nurse on the unit.

To honor this gesture, the DAISY Award program continues to provide for the delivery of the tasty treats to every nurse on an award recipient's unit, along with this message: "Whenever you smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, stop for a minute and think of how special you are because you are a nurse. You may take for granted the things you do for your patients, but they certainly do not."

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