Each term one West Coast University student is selected to win the DAISY in Training award, an internationally recognized program that honors and celebrates skillful and compassionate nurses. This term WCU-Ontario bachelor of science in nursing student Evan Price was awarded this great honor.
“Evan has a very pleasant and approachable personality. He is a very caring person who studies hard and makes good grades,” WCU-Ontario faculty said. “His compassion for people, working with patients, and helping others is encompassed by his strength to continue to learn more and better himself.”
One example of Price’s compassion is his outstanding behavior toward patients during his clinical rotation at Parkview Hospital.
The chief nursing officer (CNO) at Parkview went to the nurses’ station to ask for assistance with a patient. Price stood up right away and went into the patient’s room to assist her. The CNO was impressed by the compassion, caring and kindness Price showed.
“We can teach task-oriented duties,” CNO Karen Descents said. “But we cannot teach the compassion, kindness and caring Evan showed.”
The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. After his death, Patrick’s family felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way, the DAISY award was their solution.
Price was recognized at a ceremony at his campus and received a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture titled A Healer’s Touch.
“Evan is very attentive to his patients and others that need help. He has a very calm and caring nature,” WCU faculty said. “He has expressed his wanting to work in the emergency room when he gets out of school. He will be an asset to any position he would be assigned.”