ICU nurse at Jones Memorial Hospital receives its first DAISY recognition

An intensive care unit nurse at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville has been presented with the facility’s first DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Dylan Chamberlain, RN, received the award from Sandra Watkins, BSN RN, chief nursing officer at Jones, saying that “I’m sure Dylan is thinking ‘I was just doing my job,’ but when nurses are just doing their job they have a powerful impact on the patient and on the patient’s family.”

Steve Melton, who made the nomination, noted that “Dylan is one of the most dedicated nurses I have ever seen.”

The disabled veteran said he thought “nurses like him were all gone but after seeing how he loves what he does and what he brings to the job, I will always come to this hospital, adding that his mother, who was a nurse for 40 years, would be proud to see the excellence that is carried on in Dylan.”

Sharon Draper, BSN RN, also presented the recipient with The Healer’s Touch, a unique sculpture that represents the bond between nurses and their patients, along with a bouquet of daisies and a special DAISY pin. A banner with Chamberlain’s picture will be displayed in the hospital cafe.

Watkins said the primary award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s initiatives to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

The Foundation, an international organization, was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died in 1999 at age 33 from complications of an auto-immune disease.

DAISY, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, was a means for the family to thank not only the nurses who cared for Patrick – and by extension his family – but exceptional nurses everywhere.

Nominations for future awards can be submitted online through a link on the hospital’s website at or by submitting a paper nomination in one of the nomination boxes located throughout the hospital.
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