Valerie Forrest, R.N., earns DAISY Award for extraordinary care

January 21, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

Valerie Forrest, R.N., a pediatric hematology/oncology nurse on 7E, recently received a DAISY Award for her extraordinary care. The DAISY Awards are given out by the DAISY Foundation to nurses who go above and beyond in their role.

At Michigan Medicine, Forrest’s work has been recognized by parents and family members of her patients. Here is one of the letters from a thankful father:

“I am a dad of a 7E patient, and I witnessed something pretty incredible today. I didn’t know Valerie Forrest, R.N., prior to this evening, but I will not forget her any time soon.

My daughter had surgery to remove several tumors from her right lung. The surgery was successful, and my wife, daughter and myself were able to celebrate a victory!

While my daughter was recovering in her room, Valerie came in to assess her and looked under the covers to view her chest tube. She asked if the doctors had seen my daughter recently, and I advised they had examined her an hour prior. She asked me about whether they were aware of leakage, and that it seemed excessive. I told her I didn’t know, so she subsequently called the resident on duty. The resident arrived and after evaluating the situation, agreed with Valerie and added additional gauze and tape to the site.

After further leakage, Valerie came in and observed the wound, and this is where I witnessed her true leadership and greatness. She called the lead nurse on duty and requested that she too observe the continued leakage at the chest tube site. Valerie then called the resident … along with two nurses from the cardiovascular unit who deal with thoracotomies all the time, and that they were coming to look at the site. Valerie showed them the wound and leakage, and I could tell immediately that they knew what was wrong and exactly what to do!

I thanked these two nurses calling them “angels from above.” They were there in the room and helped my daughter because of Valerie. I am sorry for the lengthy email, but I wanted to let you know the lengths to which your employee went when she felt something was amiss. Instincts, smarts, persistence, human nature, training or whatever it was, she pushed and pushed and pushed again to make something she knew was wrong, right! That is leadership. It is taking the ball and running with it amid adversity. I am so glad that I met Valerie and wanted to share this story with you. I am sure she is destined for great things in the future!”