Saturday, May 03, 2014
Kathie Cika, RN, Wins DAISY
The DAISY Foundation presented a prestigious award to a MetroHealth nurse who helped a patient with a developmental disability overcome his fear of doctors and dentists to get needed medical care.
Through several visits, Kathie Cika, RN, forged a connection with the patient, ultimately arriving hours early to work to accompany him through a much-needed dental surgery.
When the patient came in for his initial appointment with Dr. Emmanuel Boakye, Cika made him “feel comfortable and at ease,” coaxing him into blood work for the first time and giving him the flu vaccine.
The patient needed dental surgery, 11 extractions and 13 fillings, and he requested that Cika be there for the procedure. She served as his liaison throughout, explaining his needs to the medical staff and providing comfort to the patient. By the time she left for work, he was sedated and en route to a successful surgery.
"’Special’ patients require special handling,” Cika said. “I was glad to be there for that special patient. He needed me and I was very happy to be there for him. This is why I became a nurse.”
Cika’s attentive care and warm nature helped the patient finally have a surgery that he had been avoiding for more than a year.
“A critical turning point for him was connecting with Kathie, who calmed his fears and brought compassion, honor and humanity,” the patient’s caseworker wrote. “He is street-smart savvy about people and he knows when someone is the real deal. Kathie is just that and (the patient) and his team will be forever grateful.”
The DAISY Award is given to a nurse who meets the needs of the patient by not only providing excellent nursing care but also anticipating the emotional and psychological needs of the patient and his or her family.
The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this national award as a “thank you” to nurses everywhere.