Labor and Delivery Nurse recognized for lasting impact

Published: July 24, 2014

Linda Erspamer, RNC, was recognized with the July DAISY Award for the “magnitude of difference” she made for a couple during the birth of their first child.

In a letter, the couple expressed their gratitude for the care she provided by supporting their wishes, coaching them through the experience and showing them compassion and warmth.

“I will never forget Linda Erspamer,” the letter read. “She is responsible for … giving (us) an incredible gift that will last a lifetime: the opportunity to remember the birth of our first child fondly. We are ever so appreciative for what she did for us.”

Linda was recognized for this high quality care with the DAISY Award on July 24.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, and the DAISY Award is a national program created in memory of J. Patrick Barnes died in 1999 of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura, or ITP at 33 years old. His family was overwhelmed by the skillful and amazingly compassionate Nurses that cared for Pat, and the DAISY Foundation and Award were created as an expression of their gratitude.

The DAISY Award is a way to recognize and make visible the contribution and value of Nurses wherever nursing is practiced.

Linda received a certificate, a DAISY pin to wear at work and beautiful serpentine stone sculpture carved by the artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. The sculpture depicts the embracing relationship Nurses have with their Patients.