Montana VA Nurse honored with DAISY Award

The following is a press release from the VA.


Anaconda, MT – Registered Nurse (RN) Mary Anderson with Montana VA Health Care System’s Anaconda Community Based Outpatient Clinic has been honored with a DAISY Award for extraordinary nursing.  Her award comes after being nominated by Navy Veteran Thomas Straugh who was suffering severe pain when he walked due to a toenail issue and experienced challenges treating it before encountering Ms. Anderson. 

“[Nurse Anderson] asked if I had a black dog when she brushed off my toe … most would not have even noticed [the hair],” described Mr. Straugh. “She was careful, tactful, gentle, and effective.  She listened to me describe the stress that I had accumulated over the last year.  She was supportive of me and my family—two-legged and four.  When I cried, she comforted me.”         

The DAISY Award is on-going recognition of the clinical care nurses provide to patients and families all year long.  The award was created in memory of Patrick Barnes to highlight the skillful and compassionate care Patrick received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization.  Nurses are nominated by anyone in the organization - patients, family members, other nurses, physicians, other clinicians, and staff - anyone who experiences or observes extraordinary compassionate care being provided by a nurse.  For more on the DAISY Award, visit:  https://www.daisyfoundation.org/ 

The Montana VA Health Care System serves over 47,000 enrolled Veterans across Montana—an area roughly 147,000 square miles in size.  Veterans are cared for by a staff of nearly 1,200 at 17 sites of care across the state.  One-third of our employees are Veterans themselves. 

For more information on this story and others, please contact Patrick Hutchison, Public Affairs Officer, at 406-447-7303.  

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