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Houston VA Nurses Honored for Extraordinary Care


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Houston VA Nurses Honored for Extraordinary Care

Houston VA Nurses Honored for Extraordinary Care with DAISY Award.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Two exceptional nurses were recently honored for going “above and beyond” at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC). Deanna Davenport, RN from the Spinal Cord Injury Nursing Unit 1A and Susan Martin, NA on Nursing Unit 6A each received the DAISY Award for excellence in patient care.  
The DAISY Award is for Extraordinary Nurses. It is given to honor the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day. MEDVAMC Daisy Award winners possess the characteristics of trust, respect, excellence, compassion, and commitment.

Davenport was nominated by several of her colleagues. She was recognized as an exceptionally caring person and dedicated to a life of serving others. “Deanna’s patients love her because she cares for them with a smile; she has a great sense of humor, and always goes the extra mile for them. She always brightens up the day for the rest of the staff with her ability to make us laugh,” says one of her coworkers. Another coworker says “She has a background in psychiatric and mental health nursing so her care is holistic and patient centered. She is able to help new and old injuries talk about what they are facing and what comes next. She is a patient advocate and a part of the Spinal Cord Injury Unit team.”

Martin was nominated by a group of psychologists, psychiatrists, and the director of the medical center’s mental health care line. All nominations applauded Martin for her exceptional work ethic and the numerous patient compliments she received through Press Ganey surveys, which are distributed to Veterans at discharge. “Martin has received ten times more positive comments from Veterans about her care than any other provider during this time period, which reflects excellence in her practice from the perspective of clinicians and the Veterans we serve,” says the staff who nominated her. “She tirelessly ensures that each Veteran served on our mental health units are provided with personalized, outstanding service. She is an exceptional advocate for Veterans in every way, ensuring they access the services most likely to be helpful on their recovery journey.”

The primary mission of The DAISY Foundation is to express profound gratitude to nurses for the work they do for patients and their families every day. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was formed to honor J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of an auto-immune disease.  His family was grateful for the skillful and compassionate care Patrick received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization.

Do you know a nurse you would like to nominate? You can nominate nurses who you feel meet the characteristics of a Daisy Nurse:

     • Trust (reliable and able to get things done consistently)
     • Respect(Treating others with dignity and value consistently)
     • Excellence (Always striving to be the best consistently)
     • Compassion (Accept people as they are consistently)
     • Commitment (hold firmly to a simple set of commitments-“persistence with a purpose”)

VA employees, patients, and families can submit their nomination form, or simply a written story about the nominee to The nomination form can be found here. Nominations are accepted at all times and winners are selected at the end of each quarter. The deadline for the next quarter is February 28, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Reimschissel at or (713) 791-1414, ext. 24082. More information on The Daisy Foundation can be found at