FEATURE | Posted April 18, 2016

Nurses who prevent drowning receive DAISY Awards

The DAISY Award honors nurses who provide extraordinary patient care

 Nurses receive DAISY awards
While house hunting last December, UC Davis nurses Nicholas and Debbie Meyers ended up doing more than the usual consideration of granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances: They saved the life of a young child.

In recognition of their actions, the nurses yesterday received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the extraordinary efforts nurses perform every day.

Nicholas Meyers works in the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit, while Debbie Meyers works in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. After they made their way to the backyard of the house they had come to visit, they heard cries for help.

Nicholas immediately jumped over the fence to find out what was happening. Debbie quickly followed him by breaking through the fence. The nightmarish scenario they encountered was a 3-1/2-year-old boy who had been pulled from a swimming pool, accompanied by his mother and her friend. The boy had no pulse and a blue complexion.

Under Debbie’s direction, she and Nicholas immediately began applying CPR, and instructed the mother to call 911. After Debbie and Nicholas had performed CPR for about five minutes, liquid started coming out of the boy's mouth. He then began coughing and breathing, and his pulse returned. An ambulance arrived a few minutes later and transported the boy to a local emergency department. The boy went home the next day, having experienced no brain or neurological damage.

Carol Robinson, Chief Patient Care Services Officer, presented the awards to Debbie and Nicholas. It was the last time that Robinson, who will retire at the end of this month, presented DAISY awards.

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.

The DAISY Award is designed to honor nurses who provide extraordinary patient care. Nurses, who provide exceptional patient care, over and above their typical job expectations, may be nominated. Specific patient stories are provided to illustrate the impact the nurse has had on the patients and their families.