Jamerson honored

Published 10:38 am Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A nurse at Centra Southside Community Hospital is being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

According to a press release, the award recipient is Sharon Jamerson. A patient she had cared for in the Emergency Department nominated her for the award.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.

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“Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease,” officials said in the release. “The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.”

The release cited that nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Centra Southside Community Hospital to receive The DAISY Award.

“Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors,” officials said in the release. “Each Honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an ‘Extraordinary Nurse.’”

The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.”

The Honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.