Four Cleveland Clinic Florida Nurses Earn DAISY Award for Exceptional Nursing

By Stacey Bomser

Weston residents can take comfort in knowing that as a patient of Cleveland Clinic Florida they will receive exceptional nursing care. The Weston-based hospital recently recognized four nurses with the DAISY Award for their compassionate and skillful service.

Congratulations to DAISY honorees Andrea Buchman Kissane, LPN, Abbee Taddesse, RN, Nicole Thebeau, RN, and Lourdes Wilson, RN.

“These nurses consistently deliver excellence through their clinical expertise and compassionate care, and provide a great patient experience,” said Kerry Major, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at Cleveland Clinic Florida. “They are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community and we are proud to have them on the Cleveland Clinic Florida team.”

Andrea Buchman Kissane, LPN, in the Department of Endocrinology, received a DAISY Award for her care of a unique and complex group of patients. Nominated by a doctor, Kissane is described as a hard worker who has made countless contributions to the success of the hospital’s Diabetes Clinic. “Andrea continuously shows the physicians what it means to feel supported. She is a great team member, whether it be staying late to help other staff, talking patients through their first time on insulin, or managing high patient volumes at the clinic and on the phones.”

Telemetry and Medical-Surgical Nurse Abbee Taddesse, RN, was nominated by the daughter of a patient, who commended her for providing the patient with a great experience while he was recovering from a prostatectomy. “She ensured my dad was comfortable and used assessment and critical thinking skills to wean him from the BiPAP. As a fellow nurse, it was comforting to know that my dad was in the hands of a knowledgeable and compassionate nurse.”

Nicole Thebeau, RN, a surgical ICU nurse, was also nominated for the DAISY Award by the family of a patient. She is described as kind and professional. “Nicole has been my mother’s nurse for seven years, and she is the best one in the world! I breathe easy when we are here and Nicole is in charge. She is an angel and we love her!”

Fellow surgical ICU nurse, Lourdes Wilson, RN, won the DAISY Award for being the go-to nurse on the night shift, for training new open heart and transplant nurses, as well as providing compassionate care. Her nominator wrote, “Lourdes puts the care in caring. She starts with the heart and follows through with it. Because of her training, Cleveland Clinic Florida’s compassionate nurses are prepared for the challenge of providing the most demanding care.”

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates nurses. Throughout the year, Cleveland Clinic Florida recognizes the clinical skills and compassion its nurses provide to patients and families. Any licensed nurse (RN or LPN) can be nominated for the DAISY Award by a co-worker, patient, family, physician, manager or volunteer.

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