Judy has been a dedicated employee for many years, always sharing her knowledge and experience with other staff and answering any questions. She will do whatever she can for us, clean rooms, help the LNAs, we don't even have to ask.
On a regular basis, a patient or family member will walk into SDS, and be so happy when they see Judy. It is amazing to see how well connected she is in our community. She knows everyone! It makes the patients feel better to see a warm and familiar face. We often call her the "Mayor"!
There are countless times we have witnessed Judy offer support and a smile to make someone's day better. She has such a gentle and calming way with patients who are scared, upset, or nervous about their upcoming surgery. We had a younger cancer patient waiting for her surgery. She was afraid and crying. Judy sat down with her at eye level, listening with genuine concern. She was totally present for this woman, doing whatever she could to ease her anxiety. They made an instant connection over their similar red hair and just chatted to pass the time. She became the main contact for this woman, checking on her several times, and even after her surgery was complete. In fact, the other nurses thought they knew each other because of the way Judy truly cared for her and because of the connection they shared.
Another time we had a pediatric patient who was also afraid and crying. This little boy was similar in age to Judy's grandson. She found him a space where she could close the door, let him cry and put on Disney shows. Again, she sat down at eye level and comforted him. She brought him a warm blanket, some crayons and colored with him. Soon enough, Judy had this little boy smiling. She went out of her way to comfort the parents as well. It is never easy when your child has to have surgery, and they appreciated the way Judy took care of their son. Again, she followed up with the patient and family after the surgery was complete, even taking him for a wagon ride.
Judy always looks for the next thing that needs to be done and the next person who needs help. Judy is a gem, and a wonderful person all around. She is a great example to her peers and a true DAISY Nurse.