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Staff nurse wins prestigious award

A staff nurse from University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust has become the first at County Hospital, Stafford to receive a prestigious award after been nominated by her ward manager for her care and compassion.

Jane Farmer, staff nurse on Ward 15 at County Hospital was awarded The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses which recognises the exemplary compassionate nursing care that nurses and midwives provide to their patients and their families every day.

Julie Woodworth, Ward Manager on Ward 15, said: “Jane has over 25 years’ experience in nursing, and is Ward 15’s palliative care champion for good reason. I nominated Jane for this award after her continuous caring nature with all patients and families that she cares for during very difficult times.

“There are many stories I could tell about Jane and her caring nature. She goes above and beyond for all patients when they are in their last days of life and the feedback we receive from families is wonderful as the little things mean so much in a time of need. Jane speaks up and advocates for her patients when they are unable to and comforts families when they need it the most. She always remembers the family’s names, they always mention her in thank you cards and it’s not uncommon that she receives flowers from families saying thank you. This award is recognition for the way Jane compassionately cares for patients before they pass away and I am extremely proud of her. 

Scott Purser, Deputy Chief Nurse at UHNM, said: “We are so proud of Jane for being the first ever nurse at County Hospital to receive the honour of becoming a daisy award winner. The nomination she received demonstrates her extraordinary kindness and compassion to our patients and their families when they are at their most vulnerable.”

Jane Farmer said: “I am extremely honoured to receive this daisy award. I’m overwhelmed that Julie and Scott feel that this award should go to me. It’s lovely to be recognised, however this award is also a reflection of the team of people behind me. The people I work with on Ward 15 and beyond are fantastic and we care for each other dearly.”

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established in the USA, in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) which is an auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this way of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and their families. The Daisy Award has been adopted by healthcare facilities around the world to celebrate nurses for their extraordinary care and compassion.

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