Mercy Nurses Win International Honors for Outstanding Care

Two Registered Nurses at Mercy Hospital have won an international award for providing outstanding care to a young patient.

Tracy Cook and Megan Honeycutt have been given a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses by the DAISY Foundation.

Cook received the honor for her work with a two-year-old patient that came into the hospital for test.

The child was unable to eat or drink because of what was happening to them and Cook worked to coordinate between multiple departments to get the child necessary visits completed because the child was struggling with thirst and hunger.

Award recipient Cook with co-workers (Photo courtesy Mercy)

The family said Cook went to great lengths to keep them informed of what was happening “every step of the way” with their child who ended up having surgery.

After surgery, the child was in a room and they were behind on pain medication. The child was screaming from the pain of the surgery, so Cook, who was now off-duty from her shift, stayed at the hospital to administer the pain medicine to the child and assisted the family until they were comfortable before going home.

Honeycutt received the honor for her care of a woman who passed away after a battle with breast cancer.

The honor says that Honeycutt not only provided excellent care every day to the patient, but provided emotional support and strength not only to the patient but to her family. The family said Honeycutt often spent extra time at their loved one’s bedside over the weeks leading to the patient’s final days.

“Megan took care of my mom as if she were one of her own family members,” the patient’s daughter said in the nomination for the award.

The family stated that even though they knew Honeycutt was also taking care of other patients, they felt as if they were the only family she was working with at the hospital. They also noted that they learned Honeycutt was taking her vacation from the hospital to travel to care for a family member who would be undergoing surgery, confirming to them Honeycutt’s “servant’s heart”.

The DAISY Foundation, who gives the award, was founded in 1999 after the untimely death of Patrick Barnes. Barnes’ family were so comforted by the treatment nurses gave Patrick in his last days they began the foundation to honor nurses to go above and beyond to provide extraordinary care. They now give DAISY Awards in all 50 states and 21 other nations.