Patient’s Family Nominates Richmond Nursing Student for a DAISY Award

Patient’s Family Nominates Richmond Nursing Student for a DAISY Award Dale Connor
Emerywood ADN student Dale Connor was completing his senior capstone/leadership nursing course last term at Bon Secours – St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond when one of his patients began showing signs of a stroke.

“The patient entered the hospital showing early onset symptoms of a stroke,” said Dale, working in the Neuro Telemetry Unit. “I was just there to care for them to the best of my abilities.”

Dale stated the time, effort and attention he gave his patient is consistent with the treatment he provides for everyone in his care.

“I treat all patients like they were my family,” said Dale. “That’s the way I’ve always done it. From my years in EMS to now, I treat every patient the same.”

The care Dale gave earned the gratitude of the patient’s family, who in turn nominated him for a DAISY award for nursing excellence. Since 1999, The DAISY Foundation has been honoring nurses who provide above-and-beyond compassionate care to patients and families.

“Dale, along with his preceptor, provided excellent care for our 75-year-old mother who was exhibiting stroke symptom. He was very personable and although he hasn’t graduated yet, he had confidence and knowledge that was remarkable,” the nomination read. “Dale has a bright future in the nursing field and is an asset to St. Mary’s – Bon Secours and any patient that is fortunate enough to be under his care.”

A DAISY award given to a nursing student “is not a regular occurrence,” says Emerywood Campus President Ashley Richards. ”Dale has been an excellent student in all regards and will make a wonderful nurse!”

Congratulations to Dale on his upcoming graduation this week! It sounds like any patient will be lucky to have him.

By Candice Melton
Candice Melton University Director of Career Services