Nurse develops strong connection with Patient, earns DAISY

Published: Feb. 3, 2015

Niccole Colthorp, RN, did not stop providing radical, loving care to a Patient even when he left Sparrow.

The Surgical Specialties Nurse fostered and still maintains a strong connection with him. The now former Patient developed a bond with all of his Caregivers, but especially Colthorp. She has gone above and beyond in showing compassion, care and respect to him.

“Niccole has gone out of her way to keep the communication between him and Caregivers open to let him know that his Sparrow family is always here for him,” said Jenn Siebert, RN, 7 Neumann Surgical Specialties Department Manager. “She writes him letters and has even met him for lunch on her day off. Niccole organized a Christmas gift for him from our team.”

He now lives in an adult care facility and stops by for visits when at the hospital for appointments.

Colthorp was recently presented with the DAISY Award for her excellence.

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.

Colthorp 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.