Friday, April 04, 2014
Mike McQueen Wins DAISY
The DAISY Foundation presented a prestigious award to a MetroHealth nurse who helped comfort a blind patient through the final months of the patient’s life
Michael McQueen tended to a patient with Stage III esophageal cancer, providing him with exceptional care.
“It is certainly an honor to be recognized by this wonderful family with such a highly coveted award from an amazing foundation,” McQueen said. “It was such a pleasure caring for him throughout the course of his illness, getting to know him as well as his beautiful and loving family.”
Given that the patient was completely blind and hooked up to numerous tubes and medical devices, he would frequently struggle with tangled tubes. McQueen would carefully untangle and rearrange them upon each visit.
“We spent a great deal of time in MetroHealth Medical Center in 2013,” the family wrote, “and nearly all of it was as good of an experience as a family can have, given the unspeakably horrible and often shocking circumstances of watching a loved one succumb to cancer.”
McQueen even placed gauze over the call buttons on both sides of the patient’s hospital bed so he would have an easier time locating his call button.
However, it wasn’t medical know-how that allowed McQueen to make his biggest difference. McQueen connected with the patient, an avid Cleveland Indians fan, through frequent conversations about sports.
“Mike McQueen’s caring and empathetic nature shined so brightly every time he walked into (his) room,” the family wrote. “Mike McQueen was a true catalyst in making this experience more bearable, more humorous, and ultimately, more human.”
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.