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Gratitude for compassionate care of pediatric radiation patients

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Jean Courquin © UC Regents
Jean Courquin, left, and Carol Robinson, Chief Patient Care Services Officer.

Jean Courquin, a radiation oncology nurse at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in recognition of his attentive and sensitive handling of children receiving radiation therapy.

The DAISY Foundation regularly bestows The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a nationwide program that recognizes nursing excellence. UC Davis Medical Center was among the first hospitals in the country to join the DAISY foundation, which has grown to a membership of over 1,500 medical organizations worldwide.

The nomination for Courquin cites his patient and compassionate manner when working with pediatric patients receiving radiation therapy under anesthesia.

“Jean puts these children and their family at ease with his calm and gentle demeanor."
- Daisy Award nomination

“Jean puts these children and their family at ease with his calm and gentle demeanor,” the nomination states. It described how Courquin developed a routine for an especially anxious patient at the cancer center that involved gradually putting on monitors and making other preparations while having the child participate in the process.

Courquin’s efforts have reduced the child’s anxiety about his radiation treatments.

“Jean truly makes a difference in patient care,” the nomination states. “These young patients come daily, sometimes for weeks at a time, and Jean manages to make this time as easy as possible for these children.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Barnes 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 patients’ families.

Courquin received a certificate and a sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand carved by artists of the Shona tribe in Africa.