Extraordinary Nurse Recognized at Floyd County Medical Center

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April 19, 2024 (Charles City, Iowa) – Darlene Nierling of Floyd County Medical Center was recently honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

The nomination submitted read, “On December 13th, 2023, I went into labor with my first child. I am an RN and often work in the birth center; however, being a patient in your own line of work presents challenges. You know what is good vs bad, right vs wrong, reassuring vs troubling. You know what positions you should get into and what lingo the providers and nurses are utilizing. However, being the patient, you can feel vulnerable and uneasy. That’s where Darlene Nierling comes in. Darlene was called in for additional training during our labor and stayed the entirety of our labor through delivery. Darlene stayed for over 24 hours to learn from the other excellent nursing staff while providing the upmost care for myself and husband. She always had a smile on her face and her calming presence was obvious. It is obvious Darlene takes outstanding care of her patients and goes above what is necessarily expected of her. She was devoted to me and our labor, that was very evident. There were many nurses who also took outstanding care of us (Amy K., Sonni M., Brianna S., Nicole T.). Floyd County Medical Center is blessed to have these outstanding caregivers.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, CEO and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Floyd County Medical Center are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”Nierling

“Darlene is a wonderful representative of the DAISY award.  She will routinely be found with a smile on her face, and she makes the most out of every situation with a positive attitude.   Her compassion for helping others and desire to provide the best care possible resonates with her patients, and we are proud to have Darlene as a member of our team,” said Chief Nursing Officer Matt Cooper, BSN, RN, CNOR, RNFA.

For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to http://DAISYfoundation.org.

In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 4,600 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nurses Advancing Health Equity, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, Medical Mission Grants their new Health Equity Grant program. More information is available at http://DAISYfoundation.org.