Nazareth Hospital’s Terrie Cannon, BSN, RN, OCN, Wins DAISY Award
NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA, PA (January 21, 2014): Nazareth Hospital’s Professional Practice Council recognized the hospital’s DAISY Award recipient for the third quarter of 2014: Terrie Cannon, BSN, RN, OCN, Oncology Nurse Navigator with Mercy Cancer Center at Nazareth Hospital. Terrie was presented with the award by Michael F. Beshel, MBA, MHA, MSN, RN, NE-BC, VP, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer on Friday, January 16.
Terrie was nominated by Karen McGinley, Executive Assistant at Nazareth Hospital. Karen had this to say about her experience as a patient and colleague working with Terrie:
“As a Nazareth employee and former cancer patient treated here, I have dealt with Terrie on both sides. As an employee, Terrie is a fine example of a team player. She works hard, asks questions, offers assistance, and wants successful outcomes. As the oncology nurse navigator, there is no one like Terrie. She is there for patients regarding any issues (clinical, financial, emotional, or seeking advice and suggestions). No matter how Terrie is assisting, you have her full focus and attention.
I also attend the Nazareth Cancer Support Group monthly meetings, which Terrie has chaired for many years. It’s a close group and we try to support each other and share helpful information. New cancer patients tend to arrive timidly and display a huge smile when they see Terrie. After the meeting, new patients leave feeling more confident and knowledgeable. It’s amazing the individual support Terrie offers these folks. You can just tell that she has been involved and available for them privately and one-on-one during their case.
Since I went through cancer and know how overwhelming it is, I can identify from patients’ expressions and body language that Terrie is very important to them. Terrie is also right in the middle and oversees a committee that annually honors cancer survivors at a Nazareth Hospital luncheon. It’s very enjoyable and Terrie’s committee is so devoted to making this a special day.
I believe you have to be a very special person with very special qualities and skills to be an oncology nurse navigator. We are so fortunate that Terrie has what it takes and that she is here at Nazareth.”
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick “Pat” Barnes. The care Patrick received inspired the Barnes family to create the DAISY Awards to recognize nurses who make a profound difference in the lives of their patients and their families.
Patients, visitors, physicians, other nurses or team members can nominate a Nazareth nurse for the DAISY award. One recipient is selected each quarter. Each honoree receives a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. The DAISY award winner’s unit coworkers celebrate with a treat of cinnamon rolls, in keeping with a tradition the Barnes family established.