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DAISY Spotlight: Dan O’Neill

California nurse who convinces patient to have life-saving surgery receives DAISY

Dan O’Neill, RN

Dan O’Neill, RN, cardiac cath lab, at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, Calif., received a DAISY Award in August. He was nominated by a male patient and the patient’s family members who credit O’Neill with convincing the patient to receive life-saving open heart surgery.

The patient said he was in for a procedure where doctors shoot dye into a vein and fix a blockage, and when he returned to his room was told he would need bypass surgery the next day. “The doctor told me I have what they call ‘the widow maker’ and the operation had to be done the next day,” the patient wrote. “I was dead set against it! I said, ‘I’ll be back next week.’ Dan took 45 minutes of his time to comfort me and he made me understand that he really did care about me. I decided to stay for the operation.”

A family member who nominated O’Neill also was grateful for the care O’Neill provided.

“Dan was excellent with my son,” the family member wrote. “He really made a difficult situation seem like a walk in the park. Not only did he calm my son down, but gave us peace and comfort throughout the whole process and stay at Orange Coast. His bedside manner is above and beyond what we have seen and should really be recognized as an awesome nurse … Daniel was a big factor in convincing my son the importance of knowing [he needed] his open heart surgery sooner rather than later.”

By | 2020-04-15T09:16:27-04:00 November 6th, 2014|Categories: Awards, Nursing news|0 Comments

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