Guidetti, who has served as a registered nurse at Twin Cities Community Hospital for 19 years, 15 of which have been in Perinatal Services at the Labor & Delivery department, is known at the hospital for her tireless compassion, enthusiastic leadership and spirited methods of putting patients and co-workers at ease.
“When working with young, first-time moms, she (Guidetti) has been known to put a stork costume on and go in and entertain the patient to relieve fears and anxiety,” said colleague Delane Arnold, RN of Perinatal Services at Twin Cities Community Hospital. “I was a new kid on this block a few years ago and she was the kind of nurse I aspired to be even though I had been a nurse for 20-plus years.”
The DAISY Award ceremony, held before colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, honored Guidetti with the "Extraordinary Nurse" certificate, which reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." Additionally, Guidetti received a DAISY Award pin; a beautiful, hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, entitled "A Healer's Touch"; a large celebratory banner that will hang in her unit for a month; and a spotlight page on the DAISY Foundation’s website.
The DAISY (an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation was started in Glen Allen, CA by family members of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. As a way of thanking Barnes’s nurses, his family established the award program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses everywhere perform every day. The Cinnabon ritual also started with Barnes, who ate his father’s Cinnabon roll one day when he was in the hospital without an appetite for food. The next day, he requested a roll for all of the nurses in the unit, a gesture that Cinnabon helps the program continue in each ceremony in over 1,000 healthcare organizations across the country.
The DAISY Award is one initiative of the not-for-profit DAISY Foundation whose overall goal is to help fight diseases of the immune system. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and provides assistance to ITP support groups. More information is available on their website www.DAISYfoundation.org, or contact Bonnie Barnes, President/Co-