ETMC Tyler nurse Vickie Robinson receives DAISY Award for extraordinary care

October 27, 2017

Vickie Robinson, RN, nursing director at ETMC Tyler was surprised this week to receive a DAISY Award for extraordinary nursing care.

Robinson was nominated by a woman after helping her understand end of life issues for her brother. The physician had recommended hospice care, but the family was unhappy. “The nurse was compassionate, understanding and helped bring us peace over the fact that our loved one was reaching the end of his life. The nurse listened intently, held our hands and explained our brother’s condition.”

Robinson has been with ETMC Tyler for 36 years, and is director over hemodialysis, the family birthplace, wound, quality and diabetes. “I am so proud of Vickie for receiving this very well deserved recognition,” said Maria Kulma, DNP, RN, vice president of nursing. “She is so passionate about taking care of our patients and making them feel at ease with any decision they have to make regarding their plan of care.”

The DAISY Award was created in 1999 by a family in the U.S. after experiencing kindness and compassion from nurses with their loved one, who was terminal and in the hospital. DAISY stands for disease attacking the immune system. Today, this program has been implemented in more than 1,900 healthcare facilities. Nurses are nominated by anyone who sees an extraordinary nurse and awarded by a hospital nursing committee that decides if they meet the criteria. The recipient receives a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a unique, hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, entitled, “A Healer’s Touch.”