Kerry McDuffee, an inpatient nurse within the Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian (WCM/NYP) Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program, was named a June 2017 DAISY Award Honoree in recognition of the care and compassion that she provides patients and their families.
McDuffee, who has worked with the inpatient bone marrow transplant unit for four years, was nominated for the award by a senior staff nurse on her team. McDuffee is known to form special bonds with patients, making it her mission to cheer them up whenever they’re going through a rough time. For instance, when one patient from overseas was feeling lonely after months in the transplant unit without any family or friends to help care for her, McDuffee visited consistently – even when she wasn’t the patient’s primary nurse – bringing her the newspaper and snacks to make her feel at home.
“Kerry’s clinical skills, coupled with her dedication to hard work and commitment to her patients, have impacted the quality and safety of the care of our patients and community,” said Lara Scrimenti, Patient Care Director of McDuffee’s unit. “It’s fantastic that Kerry is being recognized even outside our institution for these qualities. Her kindness and extraordinary nursing care is a great exemplar to all nurses.”
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is an international award for nursing excellence created by the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Foundation in 1999. The foundation originated in memory of J. Patrick Barnes following his battle with two rounds of Hodgkin lymphoma and the autoimmune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). In Barnes’ final weeks, his family was deeply moved by the kindness and expertise displayed by members of the nursing staff, all of whom went out of their way to ensure that Barnes and his family felt comfortable, supported, and fully informed.
The family then established the DAISY Award as a way to thank and honor nurses all over the world whose heartfelt care has made a profound impact on the patient community. Almost two decades after its inception, the award program has now been adopted by almost 3,000 participating healthcare facilities, including WCM/NYP.