Mackenzie Budzinsky, Registered Nurse at South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC), received The DAISY Award for extraordinary nursing care. The award is part of the international DAISY Foundation.
Budzinsky is a Labor and Delivery nurse who was nominated by her patient who recently had a little boy at SGMC.
“All of the staff that night and through my entire stay were wonderful, but Mackenzie was exceptional. She made me feel safe and so well cared for. We truly cannot thank her enough. I told her that I have two other boys and had great nursing care. However, I can’t remember the nurses names. I told her I will never forget her name and most importantly how she made me feel,” said the patient.
SGMC continues to ask patients and fellow employees to honor nurses they feel go above and beyond in their actions and care. Nominations are reviewed by a committee based on criteria that include compassion, teamwork, leadership, attitude, and skills and knowledge.
DAISY awards are presented monthly in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors. Each honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” They also receive a beautiful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. Additionally, local flower shops present honorees with a bouquet of daisies.
To nominate a nurse who provided excellent care for the DAISY award, click here.