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DAISY Spotlight: Josie Robinson

Delaware nurse credited with saving boy’s life receives DAISY award

Josie Robinson, RN

Josie Robinson, RN, of the ED at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Del., received a DAISY Award in October. She was nominated by the mother of a patient who credits Robinson with saving her son’s life.

The woman who nominated Robinson said she brought her son for the first time to the emergency room in a desperate attempt to save his life after he was treated unsuccessfully for pneumonia at a local hospital. The woman’s son has Sturge-Weber Syndrome, a rare disease associated with a port wine stain on his face along with other disfiguring anomalies.

“When we came into the ED, I was alone and very afraid,” the nominator wrote. “Josie was our nurse and for the first time a healthcare worker looked past his appearance and treated him professionally and with compassion. Within minutes she alerted all of the necessary people to help my son. It was decided he needed to be intubated and with his physical anomalies I was always told this was impossible. Within the hour my son was taken to the OR and successfully intubated and on life-saving oxygen and medication.”

The next day, Robinson and three other ED nurses came to the room to check on the mother and her son. One week later, the son went into respiratory arrest followed by a cardiac arrest.

“People kept asking me if they could call someone to be with me and I told them I have no one,” the nominator wrote. “Immediately my thoughts went to Josie as her visits had become daily. They called her from the ED to come and support me through the most difficult time of my life. I don’t know what I would have done without her. Miraculously, my son survived after a three-hour long code.”

The nominator called Robinson her son’s “guardian angel.”

“We have made a lifelong friend,” the nominator wrote. “Josie will always be part of our family now…She is a very special, caring, professional nurse that you should be proud to say is an outstanding example of what a nurse should be.”

By | 2020-04-15T09:23:35-04:00 November 6th, 2014|Categories: Awards, Nursing news|0 Comments

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