Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Emergency Department Nurse Earns Daisy Award

Registered nurse Adam Rogstad from the Blount Memorial emergency department received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® for January 2022.

Rogstad was nominated by a patient’s family member for his focus and professionalism. “So many things kept going wrong with my dad’s health. I had never seen my dad so scared,” the patient’s family member wrote in Rogstad’s DAISY nomination. “Nurse Adam came in and decided to make dad his priority. He barely left dad’s side. When one thing went wrong after another, Adam stayed calm, focused and took one thing at a time, over and over, until dad once again resembled himself. After dad was able to be moved to a room, Adam looked him up and came to visit on his next shift. Who does that? No one I’ve seen, until Nurse Adam!”

In addition to his DAISY award, Rogstad was presented a Healers Sculpture, a DAISY pin and a certificate commending him as an “Extraordinary Nurse.”

Rogstad became the fourth nurse to sign Blount Memorial’s DAISY honoree banner. The hospital partnered with The DAISY Foundation™ in 2020 to acknowledge the extraordinary and compassionate care nurses provide. The DAISY honoree banner hangs in the SICU on the hospital’s second floor.

“Adam has a great reputation among his team that is really highlighted by this wonderful story. His constant vigilance and attention to the caring moment is what makes him so special to our patients and our community,” said Blount Memorial chief nursing officer Joe Newsome.

Blount Memorial’s association with The DAISY Foundation™ gives patients, family members, co-workers, visitors and colleagues the opportunity to nominate a nurse for the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care he or she provides. Award recipients are chosen by a committee at Blount Memorial to receive The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses®. Awards are presented throughout the year.

DAISY Award nomination forms are now available throughout the hospital and on the hospital’s website here.

The DAISY 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 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) 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.

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