Two Years Later, Patient Honors Nurse with a DAISY

Two years after she offered superb, compassionate care to a mother giving birth, Jamie Diosomito, R.N., was honored with a DAISY award during a January department huddle.

You could say she made a lasting impression.

"I was a patient at NorthBay over two years ago," wrote the patient in her nomination. "Jamie is one of the most compassionate, kind and caring nurses that I had. She made me feel so comfortable and gave me such great emotional support. She would even come by and check on me to see if I had something to eat before she ended her shift. Thank you, Jamie, for being an amazing nurse."

At the bottom of the form, the patient added, "*Sorry, I didn't know about the DAISY award two years ago - but better late than never!"

Jamie was certainly surprised.

"I am very humbled that I was recognized for a job that I love to do, while working alongside a great team," said Jamie, a Vacaville resident.

She has been a nurse for 16 years, starting her career in 2002 on the medical surgical unit through NorthBay's RACE program for new grads. She worked in a clinic setting for Veterans Affairs in Texas for two years before returning to NorthBay in 2006, this time to the Mother-Baby Unit.

"I love everything about my job and the responsibilities that come with it," said Jamie. "Being able to care for patients through a momentous occasion, especially with the birth of a new family member, is such an incredible feeling. I am proud to be a part of this team in making NorthBay a great place to have a baby."

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Traci Duncan explained to the huddle that the award is part of an international program that celebrates extraordinary nursing skills and compassionate care. It was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died of complications of an auto-immune disease at age 33. His family was so awestruck by the care and compassion he received from the nurses, they created the foundation and award program in his honor.

NorthBay joined the DAISY Foundation in December 2015 and presented its first DAISY award the following April.

Jamie received a certificate commending her for being an "Extraordinary Nurse" as well as a sculpture called "A Healer's Touch," hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. In addition a DAISY award banner will be on display on the second floor at NorthBay Medical Center honoring Jamie.

More information is available at http:/DAISYfoundation.org. Forms to nominate a NorthBay nurse can be found online at NorthBay.org/DAISY.