Annette Danko-Fleischacker

Annette Danko-Fleischacker

Annette Danko-Fleischacker, RN

Acute Pediatrics
UCLA HEALTH (CA)
Los Angeles, California
United States

Over the past two weeks I have had some of the scariest days of my life. My 14-year-old daughter, who was born with Spinal Bifida, was admitted to UCLA for an Arachnoid Cyst removal of the lumbar spine. It was supposed to be a 3 to 4-day hospital stay, and it turned into a 10-day admission. One night in ICU I was completely frustrated and panicked. I didn't know if my daughter would ever return back to "normal." Every nurse, care partner, and doctor that we encountered at UCLA seemed to have our best interest in mind and provided excellent care, however, one nurse, Annette in the Pediatrics really stood out from the others. She was optimistic and comforted us in a time when the outlook was seriously black. With genuine compassion, Annette called the doctors and other professionals to follow up on our concerns. She kept in constant contact with us about the status of our daughter's condition. I valued her insightful knowledge so much that I asked her to stay in the room during the private conversation I had with the neurosurgeons; just so that I could have her objective opinion. She spent hours listening to my concerns, providing me with professional feedback no matter how little or insignificant it may have seemed. Annette was not only my daughter's nurse who checked on vitals, changed gowns, emptied the urinal, gave medications; she was my friend and supported me emotionally when I really needed her to. If there is a nurse who truly exemplifies all that the DAISY Award stands for, it is Annette and I proudly nominate her for this award.