Meghan Jaeger, LPN, is fairly new to Noyes, but in her short time at the hospital she has made quite an impact. That’s why she is the recipient of The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
Meghan, who has worked at Noyes since November 2021, was overcome by emotion finding out she received the award Wednesday morning.
“I didn’t get into nursing for the recognition, I never thought I was going to be a nurse,” she said following the ceremony. “My dad died so my mom was able to send me to nursing school. He was the reason I got into nursing – to help people, to bridge the gap when people are dying because I never got to say goodbye.”
To receive the award, nurses are nominated by anyone in the organization – patients, family members, other nurses, physicians, other clinicians and staff – anyone who experiences or observes extraordinary compassionate care being provided by a nurse.
A committee then choses one who stands above the rest.
“Meghan is such an eager learner with an impeccable bedside manner. She is always willing to help her team out when they need help. She picks up time on the unit on her days off. She asks questions and has such a great knowledge base,” one nomination reads. “Meghan recently helped a patient with confusion by allowing him to facetime his family with her cellphone to calm him down and decrease his anxiety. This selfless act provided the patient with comfort and lessened his fears about his hospitalization. As a newer member of the Noyes Health team, Meghan is one of the nurses that immediately stuck out to me when I started. I am proud to work on her team and would be happy to have her care for any of my loved ones.”
The DAISY award is part of The DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate care nurses provide their patients and their families every day. The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.