Nurse with “huge heart” honored with May DAISY Award

Published: June 2, 2015

Andrea Helms, BSN, RN, PCCN, went above and beyond in caring for her Patient, taking time on her day off to provide radical, loving care.

The Cardiac Progressive Care Unit Nurse maintained a positive attitude and provided radical, loving care by personally delivering a special walker a Patient had forgotten at Sparrow when discharged and transferred to another facility.

“Andrea came back to the hospital on her day off, picked up the walker and drove it to the facility in Okemos,” said Cathy Weller, RN, who nominated Helms. “He had no family in the area to help. Andrea has a huge heart.”

Helms was recently presented with the DAISY Award to honor the care she provided.

Chris Jodoin, Vice President of Nursing at Sparrow, presenting Andrea Helms, BSN, RN, PCCN, with her award

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.

Helms 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.