Florida Hospital Fish Memorial recently recognized emergency department registered nurse Christina Cauduro with the DAISY Award.
The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care provided by nurses.
A patient nominated Cauduro for this recognition.
"I am a very sick person, I've been in and out of hospitals all of my life. Christina was so calming... she even rubbed my back as I was vomiting," the patient said in her nomination form for Cauduro. "She took care of not only me, but my Mom. She brought her a more comfortable chair, pillows, blankets, coffee and sandwiches. She prayed with us and was patient when my anxiety was up... Even though it was busy, she always made special time for me and my Mom. I know she is such a blessing to people."
Created in 1999, more than 2,400 health care facilities in all 50 states, as well as 14 other countries, use the DAISY Award to honor nurses.
Cauduro was awarded this honor during a special reception and received a vase of daisies, an award pin, a tote bag and a hand-carved stone sculpture of the "Healer's Touch" by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.
Her unit, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial's 32-bed emergency department, also received cinnamon rolls and a DAISY banner to display.