Former MCC nursing student honored with prestigious award
(article published in Daily Iowegian)
Former Marshalltown Community College nursing student, Sadie Monaghan, now a nurse at Mercy Medical Center - Centerville was honored with The DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses. The award is part of The DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.
Sadie Monaghan, RN, in the medical-surgical department, was described as an all-around outstanding nurse with exceptional clinical skills and an unmatched compassion for her patients.
One person described their friends experience with Monaghan. “Many nurses came and cared for her, but it was always special when Sadie was her nurse. I just sensed a true deep caring nature in her. She spoke to my friend with such kindness and true concern. Her compassion went past 'just doing her job.'"
She was also described as representing the hospital’s core values – Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence.
“Sadie’s name is often mentioned in patient satisfaction surveys, call backs and student evaluations as being very kind, professional, caring and helpful. She is a role model for other nurses and is always quick to lend a helping hand or words of encouragement,” said Sherri Doggett, vice president of patient services.
Monaghan received recognition at the hospital during National Nurses Week and will be honored with other DAISY Award winners from around the state at a ceremony in Des Moines at a later date.
Three other Mercy nurses were also nominated for the award and were recognized: Sheila Kauzlarich, RN, emergency room; Sue Smith, RN, surgery manager; and Mary Lou Sales, RN.
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known auto-immune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for the profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
PHOTO CAPTION: Mercy nurses recognized for excellent care are left to right: Mary Lou Sales, RN, nominee - Sheila Kauzlarich, RN, nominee - Sadie Monaghan, RN, 2013 The DAISY Award recipient and Sue Smith, RN, nominee.