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Published on May 20, 2019

Gundersen Boscobel Announces 2019 DAISY Award Winner

Theresa Braudt, Director of Patient Care Services; Erin Wayne; Wendi Stitzer, Director of Acute Care Nursing

Theresa Braudt, Director of Patient Care Services; Erin Wayne; Wendi Stitzer, Director of Acute Care Nursing

Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics recognizes Erin Wayne, RN, as its 2019 DAISY Award winner.

The award honors nurses who make a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients' families. It was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little known but not uncommon autoimmune disease.

Gundersen Boscobel, which includes clinics in Boscobel, Fennimore and Muscoda, recognizes an extraordinary nurse each May during Nurses Week.

Wayne, an Emergency Department nurse, was nominated by a parent for providing outstanding care to her young son during a recent trip to the emergency room. Wayne kept the mother and son calm, showed confidence in her patient care skills and expressed genuine concern, the mother wrote.

Then, Wayne did something extra special. She gave her young patient a stuffed Mickey Mouse.

"This was the first time that he had smiled or showed interest in anything for a while," according to the nomination form. "As a mom, I was so happy to see this."

"Erin personifies Gundersen's commitment to ensuring our patients have an exceptional experience each time they walk through our doors," said Theresa Braudt, MSN, RN, assistant administrator of Patient Care Services at Gundersen Boscobel. "Her compassionate care and dedication to meeting the needs of her patients makes her so deserving of this honor."

Get more information on the DAISY Award, or nominate a deserving nurse, visit.

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