DAISY Award Wall of Honor

 

Melissa Thomsen, RN  
January 2020

Melissa graduated from Broward College in 1994 with a degree in Nursing. She has prior experience as a Staff Nurse and Charge Nurse in Med-Surg, Telemetry, Cardiac Stepdown, QI/QA, Rehab, Skilled Nursing Facility, Home Health Care, and ICU for the last ten years. She recently transferred to Interventional Radiology at our sister Hospital to open our new Interventional Radiology suite. Melissa currently works at Bethesda Hospital West as a RN.

Melissa was nominated by a grateful patient. "I went through an extremely painful test called a milogram due to underlying health conditions. Preparing for the test, Melissa was the most knowledgeable and helpful. During the test, she extra love and care, which is rare. She held my hand with true compassion. Afterwards, things ended up yet again scary and I was readmitted. Nurse Melissa saved a dangerous situation and gave me excellent care. We need more caring and compassionate nurses like her!"

Aline Pluvoise, RN  
February 2020

Aline was nominated by a thankful patient. "All I can say is WOW!! You did an incredible job in my eyes. Your clinical skills one of the best I have ever encountered. She is very detailed in asking all of the right questions, to tend to my every need to keep me healthy. Aline was very compassionate and aware at all times. She made sure that I was not in pain. I would call her and she was right by my side, making a difference on how I felt. In her care, I never felt pain. She is a super woman and a leader. I trust her skills and admire how she communicates information. I would definitely recommend her as one of the best nurses.

Melissa Thomsen, RN 
March 2020

Melissa graduated from Broward College in 1994 with a degree in Nursing. She has prior experience as a Staff Nurse and Charge Nurse in Med-Surg, Telemetry, Cardiac Stepdown, QI/QA, Rehab, Skilled Nursing Facility, Home Health Care, and ICU for the last ten years. She recently transferred to Interventional Radiology at our sister Hospital to open our new Interventional Radiology suite. Melissa currently works at Bethesda Hospital West as a RN.

Melissa was nominated by a grateful patient. "I went through an extremely painful test called a milogram due to underlying health conditions. Preparing for the test, Melissa was the most knowledgeable and helpful. During the test, she extra love and care, which is rare. She held my hand with true compassion. Afterwards, things ended up yet again scary and I was readmitted. Nurse Melissa saved a dangerous situation and gave me excellent care. We need more caring and compassionate nurses like her!"

Tonika Nesmith, RN 
April 2020

Tonika began at Bethesda Hospital West in February 2019 as an RN II. She currently works on the Clinical Surgical Orthopedic unit. Tonika is recognized as an outstanding preceptor for Bethesda West by Baptist Health South Florida. Tonika is also a veteran, where she served for eight years. She loves to read and is dedicated to her family. 

 

Tonika was nominated by a patient's family member. "Tonika was my son's nurse and although she was wonderful throughout finding solutions quickly, she also was sure to communicate with him in a way he understood so he was also comfortable with understanding his treatment. She has the perfect balance of being stern when needed for proper treatment and compassion with patient and families as they are scared and in pain. The most impressive experience we had was the day after my son's surgery and his first bandage change. He was seeing the wound for the first time, which was shocking. He was in excruciating pain and upset. Tonika was able to come in and console him to calm him down. I believe this was due to the amount of trust and care she had shown him previously. I was very thankful for help during this awful time. It is important to make a patient feel they are heard by their caretakers and are willing to find solutions for each person during this scary, painful time. Tonika certainly does and I can't be more grateful for that.

 

Brian Durkin, RN 
May 2020

A grateful family member of a patient nominated Brian. "It was a godsend for us to know that in the last two evenings of my father's life, Brian Durkin was assigned as his nurse. Prior to Thursday night, we were having difficulty getting in touch with our father because of COVID-19. The first call that was made was with Brian and he was amazing. He took the phone directly to my father's room and let us talk with him as long as we wanted. He invited us to have all of the grandkids call, and that he would be happy to assist with setting it all up. 

There are so words to describe how wonderful Brian is. His patience, kindness and compassion helped calm us during a very difficult time. He cared enough to take the time to learn things about my father and his life, and gave us time to share our memories in my father's final moments. Brian told us that he was doing everything in his power to prevent people dying alone. I hope Bethesda knows what a treasure of a nurse Brian is. I have thought about Brian every day since my father's passing. I thank my lucky stars that there people in this world like Brian Durkin, and that my dad was fortunate enough to spend the last of his days in Brian's care. 

 

 

Maryann Randone, RN 
June 2020

Maryann, RN, BSN, works in the Clinical Surgical Unit at Bethesda Hospital West. She received her associate’s degree in nursing in 2008 at Keiser University. With her strong passion for nursing, she pursued her BSN at Thomas Edison State University in 2016 and graduated with honors. This is Maryann's second Daisy award in two years.

"Imagine the fear and unknown of having a temporary colostomy bag after surgery. Now, imagine having the most compassionate and educated nurse helping you - and teaching you how to clean and change it. Maryann ensured me and repeadtly said "you can do it!" Thanks to her, I can, and will! A powerful, emotional experience to have. Maryann has touched my life!"

 

Ericka Quiroga, RN 
July 2020

An impressed colleague nominated Ericka. "Ericka helped me with a very critical patient. The patient was amazed by our teamwork. She said that she was an RN for over 30 years and had not seen teamwork's dedication like ours in a long time. She was truly thankful for our help. The patient's during the pandemic are very ill, and it takes a lot of assistance to make them comfortable. It is a great feeling to have such supportive team members who go above and beyond for patients. She even helped me talk to patient's family outside of the building to assist with continuity of care. 

 

Emilie Sinfuego, BSN, RN, PCCN
August 2020

Emilie BSN, RN, PCCN, works as a bedside nurse at Bethesda Hospital. She has been working as a nurse at Bethesda Hospital for over twenty years. Emilie received her BSN in the Philippines in 1992. She is also a member of AACN. 

Emilie was nominated by a grateful patient. "It was my second night in the ICU. I woke up in horrible distress. I had a bloated stomach, thinking it was going to explode from the inside. Emilie was calm and reassured me it would be ok. She brought me tea and crackers. She walked with me up and down the hall until the gas in my stomach was relieved. She had me in the chair for additional relief. I was previously distraght and Emilie went the extra mile to reassure me to help calm me down. Emilie not once dismissed my physical and emotional distress. I feel quite lucky to of had an angel by my side that evening. I could not overstate my gratitude for her!"

 

Maria Pontier-Elias, RN 
September 2020

Maria began her career in 2000 as a medical surgical nurse, where she learned to perfect the art of caring through authentic presence, therapeutic touch, active listening and professional competence.  She graduated from PBCC with an associate’s degree as a RN 2000.  Shortly after, Maria earned her master’s degree as well as Doctorate degree, DNP at Barry University. Currently, she works in the Infusion Therapy Unit at Bethesda Hospital East.

Maria was nominated for the DAISY Award by a grateful patient. “After 10 years of going to Holy Cross Hospital for infusions, I switched in January 2020 to Bethesda Hospital East. I was concerned about the transition for many reasons, then I met Maria. Maria combines every trait an amazing nurse should have. Maria's technical IV skills are the best I have ever seen! Her amazing technical skills are combined with her thoroughness, depth of medical knowledge and compassion. I am a retired RN, so I have experience as a professional and as a patient. Maria exceeds every professional standard. I was very hesitant to leave Holy Cross, but having Maria and her skills made me wish that I would have switched sooner. Maria is the best nurse I have ever seen.”

 

Ashley Brown, RN 
October 2020

Ashley has been a RN at Bethesda Hospital West's Clinical Surgical Orthopedic Unit since 2018. After excelling in her position, she was then promoted to RN ll in February 2020. Ashley currently serves as a preceptor to newer nurses. She loves living in the moment, and has a future goal of becoming a family nurse practitioner.

Ashley was nominated by a patient's family member. ”My husband has been at Bethesda Hospital West for over two weeks. He has had many, many nurses care for him by now. You, my dearest, have been the standout. You are the one. I have nominated you for the Daisy Award, but you deserve your own award.

You were never harried or hurried. You always took the time to address our concerns. You showed such compassion and competence. You were so knowledgeable about anything that we asked you. You explained things in a manner that was easy to understand. You were so careful, always doing things the right way. Don't think that patients and their families don't notice things, especially the little things. We do, I noticed. 

Then, you called me at home to see how my husband and I were doing. You truly, truly care. In my opinion, you were born to be a nurse! 

Thank you for all that you've done. Please know that you have made a difference in someone's life."

Elena Kmieciak, RN 
November 2020

Elena attended Chamberlain University where she then graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She began her career at Bethesda Hospital in 2019, working as a Registered Nurse on the Clinical Surgical Unit. Elena currently serves as a preceptor as well as a relief charge nurse. She loves to go hiking, learn new things, and being a mother to her seven year old son.

Elena was nominated by a patient's spouse. ”Elena was the nurse who welcomed my husband. I have been to many hospitals for my husband and she demonstrated the nursing skills and qualities that every nurse should work to excel in.

She spoke very softly to my husband, who was shaking. She also explained every step of the nasogastric tube procedure. He committed to do his best of understanding why this procedure had to be done. Elena was very busy, as she was working after her shift had ended. She still managed to exhibit amazing patience, comfort for my husband and me, and even brought in a chaplain to come and pray with us. 

In essence, she made me go home the first night of his hospital stay, feeling more comfortable."