For Greene County News
XENIA – Caring for others is second nature for nurses Laura Benton and Elizabeth Caudill – consequently they both were surprised to be recognized with DAISY Awards for their extraordinary patient care.
The Soin Medical Center and Greene Memorial Hospital nurses were honored recently by the hospital administration. DAISY Awards were established nationally by The DAISY Foundation to recognize the exceptional care nurses perform every day.
Laura Benton was raised in Clark County and now lives in Beavercreek. The Wright State University graduate also received a master’s degree in nursing education from the University of Phoenix.
The Soin Emergency Department nurse realized early on after caring for her brother with cerebral palsy that nursing was exactly what she wanted to do.
“Every day I come in and say, ‘just let me handle whatever you give me Lord and he always does,’” said Benton. “I meet so many people and try my best to do what they need me to do in that instant. I am constantly rewarded by smiles, hugs, holding hands and people being truly appreciative of what I do. What job could be better than having people appreciate you every day?”
Benton enjoys the ever-changing work and she is always learning something new, “I am constantly challenged intellectually.”
Honored by the DAISY Award, Benton said she never expected it and couldn’t do her job without such great co-workers, “I work with some truly amazing, caring, loving and funny people. I love it.”
“I feel like the job I do every day is just that – my job. I do the best I can because that is what I expect of myself. To be told that what I am doing is special was surprising, heart-warming, and it made me feel so grateful that I made someone else feel comforted and cared for. That is why I am here.”
Elizabeth Caudill lives in Fairborn and is a nurse at Greene Memorial Hospital’s medical-surgery telemetry ward. She has been with Greene Memorial for five years and received her nursing education from Kettering College of Nursing.
“I always said I wanted to be a nurse. My mother is a nurse and an inspiration to me,” said Caudill.
Eight months into the nursing field, she loves helping people and feels that’s the best part of being a nurse.
“We must be compassionate,” she said. “I feel at home helping people. However we are successful I helping patients because we all work together – teamwork is key. I couldn’t do what I do without my co-workers.”
Kettering Health Network hospitals give DAISY Awards throughout the year to honor those nurses recognized by patients and their families for the exceptional care each offers.
The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit based in Glen Ellen, Calif., established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of 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. Hospitals today use this award to recognize amazing nursing care.