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Cathy Panza

Cathy Panza

(Left to right) Susanne Collins (Nurse Manager, SICU), Cathy Panza (honoree), Karen Grimley (CNO), Sonia Lane (Nursing Director, Critical Care)

CN II, SICU

The following was written in the nomination of Cathy Panza:

Cathy is an outstanding nurse in the SICU that takes exemplary care of her patients every time she comes to work. But last night she truly showed why she is an asset to our unit and the patients we serve. Cathy had a patient that really, really wanted to take a shower on her own - being desperate for some of the independence she had lost when she came into the hospital. Cathy decided that even though we do not have any showers in the SICU, this was not a reason why the patient should not be able to wash herself as she desired. The patient was able to complete her shower in a different unit and return to the SICU feeling like she was one step closer to going home. You could just tell by the way she walked back in the unit how much better she felt. I have no doubt that this patient's experience was immeasurably improved by Cathy's action that morning and I also have no doubt that Cathy would take credit for none of it. But some of the simplest things we do can be the most healing and to watch Cathy advocate for her patient's need to gain some independence was something I feel proud to have witnessed and very deserving of a DAISY Award.

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