We absolutely loved having Lauren as J’s nurse during his stay in ICU after his surgery. Lauren was always cheerful and upbeat when coming in his room. She treated him like he was a person not just another responsibility. He really appreciated that she asked about him and his family not just his surgery and health. One of the times that really touched my heart was when he was getting sick to his stomach and she came in the room, instead of just immediately treating him as just a patient, she stopped and put her hand on his shoulder and said something reassuring to him. I thought it spoke to her truly caring about her patients. She always explained what needed to be done and didn’t mind answering any questions or concerns we had. He also liked that she asked him different types of questions during his required neuro checks. It made it more tolerable then repeating the same thing every time. In an experience that can be very overwhelming it was nice to get a smile break and she usually brought one with her each time she came into his room. We will always be grateful for Lauren being part of his recovery and can’t thank her enough. For these reason and many more we would love to have her be honored with a DAISY Award.