Colorado nurse who lifts spirits of amputee patient recognized with DAISY Award
Ryan Kennard, BSN, RN, of the surgical ICU, Medical Center of the Rockies, Loveland, Col., received a DAISY Award in July. She was nominated by her supervisor for her compassionate care of a double-amputee patient.
According to the nominator, the SICU patient was a father with two young children and was involved in a car accident that caused traumatic amputation of both of his legs. After being on the unit for more than two weeks, he and his wife started getting extremely depressed about his condition and their future.
Kennard has two male friends who are on the USA Paralympian wrestling team, both of whom had traumatic amputations of their legs as a result of a car accident. She facilitated a visit between the Paralympians and the patient in the SICU. The visit lasted for hours and lifted the patients spirits far more than any other intervention had to that point, according to the nominator.
The patient and his wife were very grateful as it helped them realize that life can still be very normal with prosthetic legs, the nominator wrote. Ryan went above and beyond in her effort and provided this patient and his family with exceptional care.