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Extraordinary Nurse Recognized at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital

Nurse Anesthetist Jacob Davis and CMH team members

Nurse Anesthetist Jacob Davis, of Moseley, was recently honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH). The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

The nomination submitted read, "Being a registered nurse with OR /CS experience, I appreciate the care I received from CRNA Jacob. He was very patient and listened to all my concerns and addressed them promptly. I couldn’t have asked for a better anesthetist."

"I try to develop relationships with my patients before their surgeries so I can alleviate any concerns," Jacob explained. "Every patient is unique and has different needs when it comes to their anesthetic for a planned procedure. I am there to not only make sure I administer the correct anesthesia but to coach them through the process and ease their fears."

Jacob has worked at VCU Health CMH for four years. He first became interested in anesthesia in nursing school. He shadowed a nurse anesthetist and knew that’s where he wanted to be. He worked in various nursing units including medical/surgical, telemetry, ER, burn and intensive care to get valuable experience before applying to anesthesia school.

Jacob is married and has four daughters and two dogs. He is a car and motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys camping with his family.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

CEO and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, said, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at VCU Health CMH are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award."

Vice President of Patient Care Services Mary Hardin said, "This is such a meaningful celebration during a time when nurses are feeling exhausted and overwhelmed from the pandemic. Jacob’s motto is to always remember why you chose this field and not to lose sight of that."

For a complete listing of health care organizations currently running the program, please go to http://DAISYfoundation.org.

In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 4,600 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nurses Advancing Health Equity, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, Medical Mission Grants their new Health Equity Grant program. More information is available at http://DAISYfoundation.org.

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