A Hilton Head Hospital nurse has received the DAISY Award, a national honor for nurses who care for seriously ill patients.
Judy Castner, a nurse at the Hilton Head Island hospital who specializes in wound and continence care, received the award Wednesday from the Diseases Attacking the Immune System Foundation.
Hilton Head Hospital public relations director Kelly Presnell said that Janet Briggs, an infection control practitioner at the hospital, nominated Castner for the award. Castner's nursing colleagues later selected her to receive it, according to a news release.
The release pointed to several situations in which Castner went above and beyond to care for patients, notably helping one with a severe infection with both daily wound care and emotional healing. The release said the man returned several times to the hospital as a "changed man" to thank her.
Castner also provided a home for a work colleague who needed help after an operation. With no adult family member to help with post-operation care, Castner stepped in for several days, according to the release.
In her seventh year as a nurse at the hospital, Castner runs a teaching program on several topics, including post-surgical wound care and caring for patients with diabetes.
The DAISY Foundation, founded in memory of J. Patrick Barnes in 1999, honors nurses who demonstrate caring and compassion while treating seriously ill patients daily.
Barnes' family was touched by the care and the compassion his nurses showed as he battled idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, an autoimmune disorder that affects the body's ability to form blood clots and can cause severe bleeding, according to the foundation's website.
Barnes died from the disorder in 1999 at the age of 33. The foundation was formed in California a few months later.
Castner received a certificate and a stone sculpture called "A Healer's Touch," which was handcrafted in Zimbabwe.
She and her nursing unit also were treated to a breakfast from Cinnabon, courtesy of the chain's parent company, Focus Brands. The breakfast grew out of one of Barnes' final requests, according to the release. He asked his family to bring him and every nurse in his hospital unit a cinnamon bun to show their appreciation for the work the nurses did.
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