PULLMAN — Carol Driskell, a registered nurse with Pullman Regional Hospital’s Same Day Services, was recently honored with a DAISY Award, an international nurse recognition program for nurses who go above and beyond to care for their patients.
Carol was nominated by a grateful patient who described her as comforting, kind, and proactive.
“I recall her holding my hand and letting me know she was there if I needed anything. It was kind, and I felt very safe,” wrote the patient in a nomination letter.
Recalling their hospital experience, the patient described feeling supported by Carol’s communication with other members of the case, proactive measures to ensure the patient had a positive IV experience, and assistance when it was time to leave the hospital bed for the first time.
“I felt like my hospital experience was truly important to Carol. I left the hospital knowing that it truly was my lucky day.” Carol also spent time bonding with the patient over their shared love of corgis. “She didn’t have to talk to my husband and I, but she chose to, and I really appreciated that. My nerves were at ease, and she took my mind off the procedure,” said the patient.
Carol has been a nurse for 20 years; her career at Pullman Regional Hospital started in 2008. Carol’s interest in nursing stemmed from watching her dad’s progression with blood cancer and the amazing care he received from nurses at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Carol determined that same-day surgery was the area she wanted to provide care in because of the focus on patient interactions. She finds interacting with her patients to be rewarding and energizing.
Additionally, Carol enjoys teaching nursing students at Pullman Regional
Hospital and watching them find their passion and progress through their own nursing careers.
To learn more about the DAISY Award, or to nominate a nurse at Pullman Regional Hospital, please visit pullmanregional.org/daisy-award