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Caring & Compassion: DAISY Award Honors Outstanding Nurses

February 11, 2014

The DAISY Award is a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skills and compassionate care given by nurses everyday.

The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the autoimmune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. During Pat's eight-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided both to Pat and to his family.

Washington Hospital has been a proud participant in the DAISY Foundation since January 2005.
Each quarter, one of our Magnet Nurses is selected and awarded for his or her exemplary care and compassion by nurse administrators, peers, physicians, and patients and their families. However, we consider all of our Magnet Nurses "unsung heroes" of patient care.

Charlene Masangkay-Samson, RN

Charlene has been a registered nurse at Washington Hospital since 2002 and in that time she has been promoted to a Staff Nurse III. Charlene is a strong patient advocate and epitomizes Washington Hospital's "Patient First Ethic." She's always puts the patients and family's needs at the top of her priority list and works tirelessly to meet their needs.

"When I make rounds I often hear praise from patients on how she went above and beyond to make a patient comfortable, to contact a family member or just took the time to listen," says Debra Brooks, RN, Nurse Manager on 4West. "As a staff nurse III Charlene educates staff, supports unit improvement projects and serves on the committee that developed our new professional role model. Charlene is an excellent role model for nursing and represents the best of us."

Lalaine Membrido, RN

Lalaine is known for being a thorough, caring, compassionate registered nurse. She looks at all aspects of their care and makes sure that their emotional, spiritual and mental health are taken care of along with their clinical needs. Lalaine works with families and patients to make sure they receive the best of care always following procedure and protocol.

"I had one patient say to me: I know what to look for when a nurse is taking care of me and Lalaine always scrubs the hub for 15 seconds, she always double checks the chemo with another nurse and always checks my name band even though we know each other," says Brooks. "My lines are always labeled and she always answers my call light almost the minute I ring. She is a keeper."

Jessica Garcia, RN


Jessica is respected among her peers for her ability to assist and mentor other nurses and always encouraging quality patient care. She is recognized for her willing and trusting nature and for being a compassionate nurse. Jessica always embraces new knowledge.

"Jessica is a patient advocate and patient safety is always her number one priority," says Siony Bondoc, RN, Night Shift Supervisor. "She is a reliable, positive and is able to handle difficult patient situations. Jessica truly promotes the Washington Hospital 'Patient First Ethic.'"