Julie Kemeter, R.N., earns DAISY Award for going ‘above and beyond’
Julie Kemeter, a nurse in the Michigan Medicine Allergy Clinic, has 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.
Kemeter’s work was recognized by the thankful parents of a recent patient:
“I first met Julie when my husband and I were trying to get our son into a clinical trial study for his life-threatening peanut allergy. From the beginning, Julie was always very patient with us, answering the many questions we had, and taking the time to ensure we were comfortable and understood all that was expected of us and our son.
“One of the scariest days of my life was when he was having an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts during a visit to the CVC. Julie was with us the entire day while our son was consuming small, yet increasing amounts of peanuts, at the young age of 20 months. Julie’s attentiveness to his health and well-being gave us a sense of security we wouldn’t have had otherwise.
“When he had to receive an emergency Epi-pen injection, Julie was calm and collected, and gave me the reassurance that I desperately needed that he would be ok after the injection. Over the last 11 months, we have taken many trips to U-M for his food allergies. Julie has always spoken directly to our son, engaging him in a playful manner, and easing the anxieties that a young child has with doctors. As a result of her friendly and compassionate ways towards him, he has come to trust her as much as we do.
“Julie has also been there for our family outside of the office visits. There have been numerous occasions where our son has had symptoms and minor reactions over the past year while at home. Julie has been available to us any time we had to reach out to her. She takes the time to listen to what is happening and gives advice or she talks with one of the doctors and gets back to us quickly. Having a young child with life-threatening food allergies has been very stressful. Julie doesn’t realize how much she goes above and beyond in our son’s care — and I can only imagine this compassion is seen by all the other allergy patients as well.”
Click here to view a video of the recent DAISY Award presentation.